You can learn as much from a terrible book as a brilliantly written one.
I loved this book, the writing is festinating and lively. All the characters, i.e. the people the author met throughout his years with JT's gang. The story and his experiences though amazing, I was most impressed by how he used the book to remind us that sometimes, it pays to stay quiet. Sometimes you can learn so much more by listening, even when in an unexpected place and from unexpected people.
This book is I think, one of the best autobiographies I've read. You should read it. There is so much you can learn, one of which is the lesson is to learn to accept others and not let appearance to deceive you as well as the levels of relationships explored and discussed in Gang Leader for a Day.
Great book, one of my handful of favourites so far
While being a true story with incredible insight into "living in the projects", the story is captivating and as good or better than fiction.
There are some reviews that criticize the narrator. I disagree. I thought the narrator did a good job at bringing out some of the different personalities and characters.
Highly recommend this book especially if you like to get a little education while reading something enjoyable.
if you want to understand the relationship of the inner city residents , gangs, polices, and politics, in a vivid and first hand experience , you've got to read this book.
Well worth listening to. This story is entertaining, heartbreaking, funny and educational. Anyone interested in the diversity of our social structure will be well rewarded by listening.
Really interesting insight into Chicago gang life but also the broader community. Wasn't a fan of the voice actor but it didn't distract from the experience too much.
I was hooked on both Sudhir's reflection of poverty in Chicago and his complex relationship with JT. I initially listened to the book because of my interest in urban poverty, and because I had heard of this project in Levitt's and Dubner's Freakonomics book. However, I found Sudhir's and JT's relationship, as well as Sudhir's relationship with the community, to really add literary depth to a book that is otherwise a narrative of a research project.
I will admit that the audio reader's tone and reading style was at first unsettling...However, as I continued to listen, I found that his performance really complemented the content of the book.
In sum, listen to this book for Sudhir's fascinating analysis of urban poverty, the rich way he portrays his characters, and the audio reader's performance.