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Gang Leader for a Day by Sudhir Venkatesh
  

Gang Leader for a Day

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A book selected by Mark Zuckerberg in his Year of Books initiative.

Describes the author's time living with the gangs on the Southside of Chicago. This book tells how in the Robert Taylor Homes projects on Chicago's South Side, he befriends JT, a gang leader for the Black Kings. It also tells how he gains JT's trust, and in order to convince the author of his CEO-like qualities, JT makes him leader of the gang.

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Gang Leader for a Day by Sudhir Venkatesh

A book selected by Mark Zuckerberg in his Year of Books initiative.

Sudhir Venkatesh the young sociologist who became famous in Freakonomics (Why do drug dealers still live with their moms?) describes his time living with the gangs on the Southside of Chicago and answers another question: what's it like to live in hell? In the Robert Taylor Homes projects on Chicago's South Side, Sudhir befriends J.T., a gang leader for the Black Kings. As he slowly gains J.T.'s trust, one day, in order to convince Sudhir of his own CEO-like qualities, J.T. makes him leader of the gang...Why does J.T. make his henchmen, the 'shorties', stay in school? What is the difference between a 'regular' hustler and a 'hype' - and is Peanut telling him the truth about which she is? And, when the FBI finally starts cracking down on the Black Kings, is it time to get out - or is it too late?

Reviews

'A rollicking read ! a vivid insight into gang culture'
The Times

'Darkly entertaining ! an absorbing and self-effacing odyssey'
The Guardian

'An absolutely incredible book ... equal parts comedy and tragedy ... I promise you will not be able to put it down' - Steven D. Levitt, co-author, Freakonomics'


About the Author

Sudhir Venkatesh spent a decade living with the Black Kings gang in Chicago's south side. His research later became famous in Freakonomics (Why do drug dealers still live with their moms?) He is now Professor of Sociology and African-American studies at Columbia University.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st February 2009

Author

Sudhir Venkatesh

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Publisher

Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
320 pages

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ISBN

9780141030913

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