What are the best books about street gangsters?

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    #18 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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    George Silva
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "I like stories about female juvenile delinquents. If you want to read a great book about female street gangsters, look no further than this excellent book written back in the 1990s. It's raw and gritty and an excellent entry in this type of literary genre."
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    Uprising: Crips and Bloods Tell the Story of America's Youth in the Crossfire is a non-fiction book written by Yusuf Jah and Sister Shah'keyah. It is first published in 1995 by Scribner Book Company. 


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    Debra Lewis
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Uprising written by Yusuf Jah and Sister Shah'keyah is a powerful look into the gang life in Sounth Central LA. This book is raw and yet very moving and gives a voice to a wide range of issues that people living with the realities of gangs face."
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    #3Inside 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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    Terry Morris
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "This book really made me think. I had no idea what the life of a criminal was really like, but I got a much better idea after reading this. Wow!"
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    #4Do or Die

    Do or Die

    Do or Die is a true crime non-fiction book written by Leon Bing. It contains insider account of gangs and published in 1992 by Harper Perennial. 


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    Crystal Gray
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "I am not sure what I was expecting from this book, but I was surprised. It isn't a pleasant read, but it can be very enlightening. It strips away the romance of a gangster. "
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    #5War of the Bloods in My Veins

    War of the Bloods in My Veins

    War of the Bloods in My Veins: A Street Soldier's March Toward Redemption is a true-crime memoir book written by DaShaun Morris. It is first published in 2008 by Scribner. 


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    Maria Harrison
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This book was phenomenal. I loved how it is the story of a man who has lived this life. He is bringing the reality of what it is to be in a gang to life in a colorful and gritty story that leaps off the page with its tragedies and bloodiness so skillfully put together with his everyday life. "
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    #6Blue Rage, Black Redemption

    Blue Rage, Black Redemption
    Blue Rage, Black Redemption is a true crime memoir written by Stanley Tookie Williams. This African-American non-fiction book is first published in 2004. 

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    Johnny Fernandez
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "This has to be one of the best and most iconic gangster books. Not only is it written by one of the Crips actual co-founders, it weaves an amazing story about the development of the Crips gang and the consequences of joining a street gang. It's very moving and gives an inside perspective into the life of a street gangster."
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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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    Rachel Ramirez
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "This is a brutally honest look at what life is like for a street gangster. How the oppressive situations in the neighborhoods allow for a hopelessness that begets violence, and the realization of the futility of it all when separated from that scene."
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    #8Hoover Crips

    Hoover Crips

    Hoover Crips: When Cripin' Becomes a Way of Life is a true crime non-fiction book written by Steven R. Cureton. It is first published in 2008 by Upa. 


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    Roy Bell
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "Hoover Crips is a very good book to learn about street gangsters. It covers the upbringings of the Crips gang and the different sub-sections within the umbrella Crip gangs. It fascinated me on the amount of info it had. "
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    #9Always 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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    Philip Hicks
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This book opened my eyes to the realities that some face in day to day life. It displays how engaging in gang activity(or any crime in general) can lead you down a path that makes you unsatisfied with yourself. The title of the book itself shows that the premise of the book that Chin was always running away from reality and looking for an escape. The chapter that included the fair scene was especially astonishing to me based off purely the sounds that Rodriguez described. It created the sense of fear for the reader that Chin was feeling without explicitly saying it; but that is what made the message extremely powerful. I also really liked his use of the colloquial in the story because it enveloped the reader in the culture of gang life. To add on, not explaining the definition of the slang word in the context made surrounded the reader even more into the culture. However it was nice that there was a dictionary in the back of the book that clarified the meaning of the word."
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    #10The Triangle

    The Triangle
    The Triangle:  A Year on the Ground with New York's Bloods and Crips is a true crime memoir book written by Kevin Deutsch.  It is first published in 2014 by Lyons Press. 

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    Edison Meng
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "This book is extremely well written and compelling. The stories are shocking, sad, gripping. You always hear how bad the streets are and you think you have an understanding until you read a book like this and get a first-hand account from someone who lived the life of a gangster."
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    #11Tattoos 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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    Concepción Jímenez
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "I thought this was a really interesting book. I grew up in the area but thankfully escaped what could have been. This author is amazing for what he has done for the LA community. "
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    #12The 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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    Shreyas Chavan
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "From what I read it looks like it can be a very interesting read. If I was you and you are into Mexican boxers then yes give it a shot it can't hurt could be very intriguing. "
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    #13G-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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    Dorothy Austin
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "This book helps develop the story of street gangsters. It isn't all about one particular person but more so explains where they come from. It is trying to show suggestions on different ways to deal with them instead of just locking them up."
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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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    Jacqueline Miller
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "I didn't really like this book at all. I felt like it just sort of rambled on and on and took a while to get to the point. I know that it's a non-fiction book but they made a book about street gangs seem really boring, which was unfortunate because it's usually a really interesting subject. I would definitely pass on this one. "
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    #15The 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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    Patricia Wallace
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "The Olympic Spirit by Kelly Dessaint isn't great for street gangsters. But it is good for a history of the sports and the organization that is the Olympics. If you're a sports fan or not, there is something in here for everyone. But no Gangstas. "
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    #16East 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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    Paul Herrera
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "One of the best books pertaining to the history of street gangsters in Los Angeles. There are more pictures than words, so the story is told in pictures. The pictures are of high quality, and it is a good intro to the history of East Side gangs."
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    #17Murder Rap

    Murder Rap

    Murder Rap: The Untold Story of the Biggie Smalls & Tupac Shakur Murder Investigations by the Detective Who Solved Both Cases is a true crime biography book written by Greg Kading. 


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    Teresa Carlson
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "When Tupac died I remember thinking this was open and shut, tragic but easily solvable. It's amazing that these cases are still filled with mystery. I would recommend reading this book but also one of the other books with very different ideas of what happened. This is one side. I wish it was a comprehensive view of all sides for those of us that are very curious but don't have time to devote to researching it by reading multiple books."
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    Grit: The Banter and Brutality of the Late-Night Cab Driver is a humorous true-crime memoir novel written by Karl Wiggins. It is first published in 2004. 

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    Trisha Khan
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "Gritty story with a bit of a morbid sense of humor. The author wrote it well."


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