Stanley "Tookie" Williams, cofounder of the notorious Crips gang, is a death-row inmate. But in his two decades of incarceration, Williams has also become a respected author and activist whose dedication to ending gang warfare in the lives of inner-city children has earned him a 2001 Nobel Peace Prize nomination. In this award-winning book, which has drawn praise from educators, government leaders, and families alike. Williams describes the brutal reality of being an inmate. He debunks myths of prisons as "gladiator schools" with blunt, riveting stories of overwhelming homesickness, the terror of solitary confinement, and the humiliation of strip-searches. Williams' words are a frank challenge to adolescent listeners to educate themselves, make intelligent decisions, and above all, not to follow in his footsteps.
©1998 Barbara Cottman Becnel (P)2009 Recorded Books
Honest account. Vulnerable and Shocking. Thank you, Tookie. Happy he turned his life around and taught the youth that prison is not to be glamorized.
I loved it. It helps me with my research on writing about black people issues, along with Tookie Williams insight on what he was reduced to from the gang life. At least Tookie transformed his life for the better and made a positive contribution in the end.
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