Gang Leader for a Day
A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets
ISBN 9780143114932 | 320 pages | 30 Dec 2008 | Penguin | 8.26 x 5.23in | 18 - AND UP
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In this "riveting"(The New York Times) work of nonfiction, a sociologist infiltrates the world of Chicago's crack-dealing gangs"The achievement of Gang Leader for a Day is to give the dry statistics a raw, beating heart."
First presented in Freakonomics, the story of a young sociologist who embedded himself in Chicago's most notorious gang and captured the world's attention. Gang Leader for a Day is the fascinating full story of how Sudhir Venkatesh gained entrance into the lives of a group of drug-dealers and went on to witness-and participate in-events that have rarely been described in print. A brazen, page-turning, and fundamentally honest view of the morally ambiguous, highly intricate, often corrupt struggle to survive in an urban war zone, it is also an emotional and complicated look at the friendship that develops between the sociologist and a gang leader, two ambitious men a universe apart.
-The Boston Globe
"Compelling . . . Venkatesh gives readers a window into a way of life that few Americans understand."
"Whether you enjoy fiction, history, or biography you'll be drawn to Venkatesh's gripping retelling of his experiences . . . Gang Leader for a Day poignantly reminds us that there continue to be separate and unequal Americas that ultimately impact us all."
-Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. (D-IL)
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