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DO OR DIE

BING, LEON

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ISBN 10: 0060163267 / ISBN 13: 9780060163266
Published by Harpercollins, Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., 1991
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Title: DO OR DIE

Publisher: Harpercollins, Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

Book Type: Book

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An experienced reporter who has gained the trust of both sides of L.A.'s notorious gang wars offers an inside look at how children become murderers and why gangs replace families

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Unprecedented, in-your-face report on L.A. street gangs. The grim world that fashion-model-turned-journalist Bing (Harper's, L.A. Weekly) limns here has little of the romance of such Hollywood variants as Colors; in fact, as G-roc, Bing's main informant, says, ``That movie just made up a lotta bullshit.'' Here, instead, the portrait is down and dirty and true as Bing lets gang members speak for themselves and at length, weaving their stories together with a lively scene-setting narrative that reveals her deep caring for these violent youths. Bing alternates interviews with kids jailed at youth ``camps,'' and later at Soledad Prison, with ones drawn from the mean streets of South Central L.A., and sifts into the stories a history of the gangs (begun in the late 1960's by one Raymond Washington, who organized ``a little gang of kids'' at Fremont High School that metastasized into today's sprawling cancer of 37 Blood ``sets'' and 57 Crip sets --Bloods and Crips being deadly enemies--with membership numbering in the many thousands). While the testimonies Bing elicits are always fascinating--shocking in their embrace of violence (asked for good reasons to kill, gang members answer, ``For the way he walk''; ``Cause he called me a baboon--dis' me''; ``Cause he fucked up my hair in the barbershop'') and frightening for the deep alienation they reveal--they exhibit a cumulatively numbing sameness. However, Bing's climactic interview, with imprisoned legendary ``gangbanger'' Monster Kody, provocatively freshens the text as Kody's highly political words (``My real enemy--The United States Government. That's who controls the Crips, the Bloods, and me'') indicate that today's gang member may be tomorrow's radical. Sobering, noteworthy dispatches from a urban inferno that's so without pity as to prompt one of Bing's subjects, age 17, to conclude, ``I tell you this--you seen enough dyin', then you ready to die yourself, just so you don't have to see no more of death.'' -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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