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.
Read for class. Really enjoyed the story of the projects, but could have used less of the author realizing that poor folks and criminals can be smart and kind and friendly, just like us! The choice of narrator also seemed strange.
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.