Monster: The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member
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.
What people are saying - Write a review
I recently finished reading this book and I really enjoyed it. I recommend it to anyone that is not racist or close-minded. Anyone that has read this book and summarizes it as just another gang, shoot 'em up book clearly missed the true message of Sanyika. He only uses his experiences to shed light on the effects of growing/living in an environment that is neglected by its own government. He explains, along with many more issues, how the prison industry actually contributes to more volatile criminals after their release; recidivism. All in all, its a great read of an oppressed individual that takes the initiative to re-evaluate his life and repurpose his efforts.
Very good book. If somebody is interested in hip hop culture he/she should read this book. Or if you think life's unfair and others disrespect you or you're interested about a gang life. Read it.