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Monster : the autobiography of an L.A. gang member /

by Shakur, Sanyika.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, [1993]Description: xv, 383 pages ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780802141446 pbk; 0802141447 pbk.Subject(s): Shakur, Sanyika, 1964- | Crips (Gang) | Gang members -- California -- Los Angeles -- Biography | Autobiographies | Autobiographies | Biography
Contents:
Initiation -- Boys to men -- The war -- Ambush -- Can't stop, won't stop -- The juvenile tank -- Tamu -- 48 hours -- Reconnected -- Nation time.
Summary: This is the memoir of Kody Scott who was born in 1963 and grew up in South Central Los Angeles. In sixth grade he joined the Crips and soon earned the name "Monster" for his many acts of depravity. He transformed himself into black nationalist Sanyika Shakur while in a California maximum-security prison. --Book cover.
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Written in solitary confinement, Kody Scott's memoir of sixteen years as a gangbanger in Los Angeles was a searing best-seller and became a classic, published in ten languages, with more than 300,000 copies in print in the United States alone. After pumping eight blasts from a sawed-off shotgun at a group of rival gang members, twelve-year-old Kody Scott was initiated into the L.A. gang the Crips. He quickly matured into one of the most formidable Crip combat soldiers, earning the name "Monster" for committing acts of brutality and violence that repulsed even his fellow gang members. When the inevitable jail term confined him to a maximum-security cell, a complete political and personal transformation followed: from Monster to Sanyika Shakur, black nationalist, member of the New Afrikan Independence Movement, and crusader against the causes of gangsterism. In a document that has been compared to The Autobiography of Malcolm X and Eldridge Cleaver's Soul on Ice, Shakur makes palpable the despair and decay of America's inner cities and gives eloquent voice to one aspect of the black ghetto experience today.

This is the memoir of Kody Scott who was born in 1963 and grew up in South Central Los Angeles. In sixth grade he joined the Crips and soon earned the name "Monster" for his many acts of depravity. He transformed himself into black nationalist Sanyika Shakur while in a California maximum-security prison. --Book cover.

Initiation -- Boys to men -- The war -- Ambush -- Can't stop, won't stop -- The juvenile tank -- Tamu -- 48 hours -- Reconnected -- Nation time.

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Library Journal Review

``Monster'' Kody, today known as Sanyika Sakur, spent 16 years as a ``gangbanger'' in South Central Los Angeles. His account begins at age 11, when he was inducted into the ranks of the Crips, and ends (hundreds of bodies later) with Scott serving a seven-year prison term for beating a crack dealer. Throughout, he successfully conveys a sense of the siege mentality that prevails every minute of every day, due to the daily barrage of gang-on-gang violence. Names of derivative Crip gangs (e.g., Rollin' Sixties, Hoovers, Grape Street Watts Crips) and gang members (e.g., Li'l Hunchy, Tray Ball, Huckabuck) flit across the pages in a confusing manner, but Scott pushes the narrative forward with scarcely a glance backward, and, ultimately, names and incidents are not important. Unfortunately, Scott was in prison during the violence that followed last year's Rodney King incident and thus sheds little light on the peace treaty forged between the Bloods and Crips. Although unrepentant, Scott today is dedicated to ending gang violence. Recommended for most collections.-- Mark Annichiarico, ``Library Journal'' (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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