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    Craig Jones
    Written on May 25, 2018
    "It's easy to forget that Amazon even has competitors these days, but Barnes & Noble is still my go-to. I read a lot of novels, and love having bookshelves filled with books. B&N seems to send me coupons all the time, and if you're lucky enough to still have a physical B&N in your area, you can buy online and often go pick up the book to skip the wait on shipping. Great selection as well."
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      Andrea Carr
      Written on April 29, 2018
      "This book gets down and dirty with the gangs. It is a true story about one gang survivor who was on the streets back in L.A. It shows his struggle of trying to get away from the dangerous life that he got himself in to"
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      Andrea Carr
      Written on April 29, 2018
      "This book gets down and dirty with the gangs. It is a true story about one gang survivor who was on the streets back in L.A. It shows his struggle of trying to get away from the dangerous life that he got himself in to"
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      Nicole Simpson
      Written on April 23, 2018
      "This was a great read. Rodriguez brought a new voice to the subject of LA gangs."
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      Linda Pena
      Written on April 29, 2018
      "I have read this book! I loved the character and how well written his story was."
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      Celia Suárez
      Written on April 30, 2018
      "Written by someone who had hands on, real life experiences with LA gang members, this book truly gives an in debt look at the epidemic. A rare glimpse of a world we are rarely let into, this book is truly groundbreaking."
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      Celia Suárez
      Written on April 30, 2018
      "Written by someone who had hands on, real life experiences with LA gang members, this book truly gives an in debt look at the epidemic. A rare glimpse of a world we are rarely let into, this book is truly groundbreaking."
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      Gary Diaz
      Written on April 23, 2018
      "While the book is set in LA, there is minimal gang involvement in the Baudrey boys' activities. I would recommend it if you are interested in the 70s era or Los Angeles in particular, but not if you want to read something heavily focusing on LA gangs."
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      Gary Diaz
      Written on April 23, 2018
      "While the book is set in LA, there is minimal gang involvement in the Baudrey boys' activities. I would recommend it if you are interested in the 70s era or Los Angeles in particular, but not if you want to read something heavily focusing on LA gangs."
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      Jonathan Walker
      Written on April 27, 2018
      "I would Suggest that this particular is the familiar kind, it is highly entertaining"
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      Madison Ford
      Written on April 26, 2018
      "This book takes a look at female gangs in different areas of the country; South Central Los Angeles, San Antonio, and Milwaukee. Sikes brings to the forefront what drives these women to join the gang and get a look a life behind their eyes. This is a powerful read from a different perspective of gang-life than what we are typically given."
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      Madison Ford
      Written on April 26, 2018
      "This book takes a look at female gangs in different areas of the country; South Central Los Angeles, San Antonio, and Milwaukee. Sikes brings to the forefront what drives these women to join the gang and get a look a life behind their eyes. This is a powerful read from a different perspective of gang-life than what we are typically given."
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      Matthew Morris
      Written on May 1, 2018
      "I think this is a journalistic masterpiece. It really demonstrates what its like to be in a gang. The stories are detailed and breathtaking."
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      Paul Holland
      Written on May 4, 2018
      "This is a chilling and deeply thought-provoking book about gangs and organized crime in LA and California, and soon perhaps the entire United States. It's non-fiction so it's legitimate and disturbing (if you're bothered by gang and criminal activity) but is ultimately a positive, redemptive story about Enriquez, the main subject of the book. I enjoyed it despite being troubled by the depiction of organized crime."
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      Paul Holland
      Written on May 4, 2018
      "This is a chilling and deeply thought-provoking book about gangs and organized crime in LA and California, and soon perhaps the entire United States. It's non-fiction so it's legitimate and disturbing (if you're bothered by gang and criminal activity) but is ultimately a positive, redemptive story about Enriquez, the main subject of the book. I enjoyed it despite being troubled by the depiction of organized crime."
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      Benjamin Wallace
      Written on April 27, 2018
      "This is a good look at the life of a gang leader and I found it very interesting. It gives you a sneak peak not only into the violence of gang life but the politics and logistics of running a large scale criminal organization."
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      Will He
      Written on April 27, 2018
      "This was a really insane, visceral, and overall incredible book. I couldn't get over the fact that this man's story was real and not manufactured."
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      Lauren Edwards
      Written on May 3, 2018
      "This book just isn't what I wanted. It's about the Mexican Mob. I wanted a book about gangs located in Los Angeles California."
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      Joe Tucker
      Written on May 3, 2018
      "This is a top rated book about a mans rise through a secret mafia organization in LA. This fits 100% with the topic."
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      Vishal Shah
      Written on May 3, 2018
      "The best book about LA gangs is Monster by Sanyika Shakur. An autobiography of an actual LA gangbanger, Shakur takes the reader from his violent initiation into the notorious Crips, to his time in jail and his eventual awakening as a black nationalist, member of the New Afrikan Independence Movement, and crusader against the causes of gangsterism."
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      Vishal Shah
      Written on May 3, 2018
      "The best book about LA gangs is Monster by Sanyika Shakur. An autobiography of an actual LA gangbanger, Shakur takes the reader from his violent initiation into the notorious Crips, to his time in jail and his eventual awakening as a black nationalist, member of the New Afrikan Independence Movement, and crusader against the causes of gangsterism."
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      Henry Lee
      Written on May 2, 2018
      "Extremely graphic, brutal, and raw. I picked this book up on a whim at a thrift shop and couldn't put it down. I am very surprised that it's non-fiction, as I find it incredible that such acts of depravity are possible for one human being to execute. This book is well worth the time and I'd recommend it to anyone traveling to Los Angeles."
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      Johnny Fuller
      Written on April 26, 2018
      "An authentic tale from someone who lived through the nightmare of the ganglands of the LA streets in the 90's. While some of the tale may be exaggerated, as most of these types of stories are, I have little doubt that the author has legit experience with the topic. A great choice for fans of the genre or people curious about this era."
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      Daniel Castro
      Written on May 4, 2018
      "If you want to read a book about gangs in L.A. read this. It is a fantastic book containing the true crime memoir written by Sanyika Shakur."
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      Frank Stone
      Written on May 4, 2018
      "This book tells the story of an unconventional minister from the ganglands of LA. A deep tale of someone trying to make a difference with the at risk youth of LA. A great book for those looking for inspiration or looking to learn more about a turbulent time on the streets of Los Angeles"
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      Frank Stone
      Written on May 4, 2018
      "This book tells the story of an unconventional minister from the ganglands of LA. A deep tale of someone trying to make a difference with the at risk youth of LA. A great book for those looking for inspiration or looking to learn more about a turbulent time on the streets of Los Angeles"
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      Brittany Welch
      Written on May 4, 2018
      "This is an eye opening look into the life of gang neighborhoods. I enjoyed learning about the challenges the kids face and why they turn to gang life. We can all learn a lot from this book."
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      Kathryn Lynch
      Written on May 2, 2018
      "An interesting look into the life of an otherwise secretive gang. Thrilling read - would recommend!"
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      Kathryn Lynch
      Written on May 2, 2018
      "An interesting look into the life of an otherwise secretive gang. Thrilling read - would recommend!"
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      Betty Hansen
      Written on May 2, 2018
      "Interested in the lives of LA street gangs, this book will give you a behind the scenes look at what life is really like. Not just the violence but the soul crushing daily experience of the people behind the gang stories."
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      Betty Hansen
      Written on May 2, 2018
      "Interested in the lives of LA street gangs, this book will give you a behind the scenes look at what life is really like. Not just the violence but the soul crushing daily experience of the people behind the gang stories."
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      Rubén Rocha
      Written on April 24, 2018
      "I enjoyed reading this book, I've had my copy for several years now. I recommend it to anyone who's into mysteries and crime. Love it."
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      Homeboys
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    Best books about LA gangs
    Rank Solutions Type Votes Price
    1 Always Running Books 133 Paid
    2 Tattoos on the Heart Books 102 Paid
    3 The Olympic Spirit and Other Stories Books 95 Paid
    4 8 Ball Chicks Books 76 Paid
    5 The Black Hand Books 65 Paid
    6 Monster Books 59 Paid
    7 G-Dog and the Homeboys Books 46 Paid
    8 Inside the Crips Books 31 Paid
    9 East Side Stories Books 9 Paid
    10 Homeboys Books 3 Paid
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