What are the best books about LA gangs?

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    #1Always Running

    Always Running
    Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. is a non-fiction biography book written by Luis J. Rodriguez published by Touchstone on October 4, 2005. It tells the life story of a young Chicano gang member.

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    Andrea Carr
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "This book gets down and dirty with the gangs. It is a true story about one gang survivor who was on the streets back in L.A. It shows his struggle of trying to get away from the dangerous life that he got himself in to"
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    #2The Olympic Spirit and Other Stories

    The Olympic Spirit and Other Stories

    The Olympic Spirit and Other Stories: A Piltdownlad Zine Collection is a non-fiction book written by Kelly Dessaint. It is first published in 2014 by Phony Lid Books. 


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    Gary Diaz
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "While the book is set in LA, there is minimal gang involvement in the Baudrey boys' activities. I would recommend it if you are interested in the 70s era or Los Angeles in particular, but not if you want to read something heavily focusing on LA gangs."
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    #3Tattoos on the Heart

    Tattoos on the Heart

    Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion is a non-fiction book written by Gregory Boyle and published by Free Press on March 9. 2010. It tells of Boyle's experiences in working with gangs in Los Angeles.


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    Celia Suárez
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Written by someone who had hands on, real life experiences with LA gang members, this book truly gives an in debt look at the epidemic. A rare glimpse of a world we are rarely let into, this book is truly groundbreaking."
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    #48 Ball Chicks

    8 Ball Chicks

    8 Ball Chicks: A Year in the Violent World of Girl Gangs is a non-fiction true crime book written by Gini Sikes. It is first published in 1996 by Anchor. 


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    Madison Ford
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "This book takes a look at female gangs in different areas of the country; South Central Los Angeles, San Antonio, and Milwaukee. Sikes brings to the forefront what drives these women to join the gang and get a look a life behind their eyes. This is a powerful read from a different perspective of gang-life than what we are typically given."
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    #5The Black Hand

    The Black Hand

    The Black Hand: The Bloody Rise and Redemption of "Boxer" Enriquez, a Mexican Mob Killer is a non-fiction biography book written by Chris Blatchford. It is published in 2008 by William Morrow. 


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    Paul Holland
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "This is a chilling and deeply thought-provoking book about gangs and organized crime in LA and California, and soon perhaps the entire United States. It's non-fiction so it's legitimate and disturbing (if you're bothered by gang and criminal activity) but is ultimately a positive, redemptive story about Enriquez, the main subject of the book. I enjoyed it despite being troubled by the depiction of organized crime."
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    Monster: The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member is a true crime memoir written by Sanyika Shakur. This non-fiction book is first published in 1993. 

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    Vishal Shah
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "The best book about LA gangs is Monster by Sanyika Shakur. An autobiography of an actual LA gangbanger, Shakur takes the reader from his violent initiation into the notorious Crips, to his time in jail and his eventual awakening as a black nationalist, member of the New Afrikan Independence Movement, and crusader against the causes of gangsterism."
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    #7G-Dog and the Homeboys

    G-Dog and the Homeboys
    G-Dog and the Homeboys: Father Greg Boyle and the Gangs of East Los Angeles is a non-fiction biography book written by Celeste Fremon. It is published in 1995. 

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    Frank Stone
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "This book tells the story of an unconventional minister from the ganglands of LA. A deep tale of someone trying to make a difference with the at risk youth of LA. A great book for those looking for inspiration or looking to learn more about a turbulent time on the streets of Los Angeles "
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    #8Inside the Crips

    Inside the Crips

    Inside the Crips: Life Inside L.A.'s Most Notorious Gang is a true crime book written by Ann Pearlman and Colton Simpson. It is first published in 2005 by St. Martin's Press. 


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    Kathryn Lynch
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "An interesting look into the life of an otherwise secretive gang. Thrilling read - would recommend!"
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    #9East Side Stories

    East Side Stories

    East Side Stories: Gang Life in East L.A. is a non-fiction historical book written by Joseph and Luis Rodriguez. This crime book is first published in 1998. 


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    Betty Hansen
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "Interested in the lives of LA street gangs, this book will give you a behind the scenes look at what life is really like. Not just the violence but the soul crushing daily experience of the people behind the gang stories."
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    Homeboys: Gangs, Drugs, and the Prison in the Barrios of Los Angeles is a non-fiction book written by Joan Moore. It is published in 1979  by Temple University Press. 


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Best What are the best books about LA gangs
1Always RunningBooks 14 Paid
2The Olympic Spirit and Other StoriesBooks 10 Paid
3Tattoos on the HeartBooks 10 Paid
48 Ball ChicksBooks 8 Paid
5The Black HandBooks 7 Paid
6MonsterBooks 6 Paid
7G-Dog and the HomeboysBooks 5 Paid
8Inside the CripsBooks 4 Paid
9East Side StoriesBooks 1 Paid
10HomeboysBooks 1 Paid

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