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Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence
     

Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence

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by Geoffrey Canada
 

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A new edition, including the story of the founding of the Harlem Children’s Zone
 
Long before the avalanche of praise for his work—from Oprah Winfrey, from President Bill Clinton, from President Barack Obama—long before he became known for his talk show appearances, Members Project spots, and documentaries like Waiting for

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A new edition, including the story of the founding of the Harlem Children’s Zone
 
Long before the avalanche of praise for his work—from Oprah Winfrey, from President Bill Clinton, from President Barack Obama—long before he became known for his talk show appearances, Members Project spots, and documentaries like Waiting for “Superman”, Geoffrey Canada was a small boy growing up scared on the mean streets of the South Bronx. His childhood world was one where “sidewalk boys” learned the codes of the block and were ranked through the rituals of fist, stick, and knife. Then the streets changed, and the stakes got even higher. In his candid and riveting memoir, Canada relives a childhood in which violence stalked every street corner.

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“A searing memoir . . . Canada’s blunt observations are as refreshing as they are bold.”
—Paula Woods, San Francisco Chronicle
 
“Geoffrey Canada is one of this country’s genuine heroes. His personal meditation on America’s culture of violence is a beacon of hope for our humanity.”
—Charles Johnson, author of Middle Passage
 
“Canada has never lost touch with the child within himself or with the fears of the children around him struggling to reach adulthood in the violent streets of America.”
—Marian Wright Edelman, author of The Measure of Our Success

“Canada takes us on a powerful journey. . . . He is a man of hope and a wonderful storyteller.”
—Henry Hampton, executive producer, Eyes on the Prize

"Among the reformers in “Superman,” Canada emerges as the brightest star: His blend of intelligence, charisma, and moral urgency is impossible to resist. As the founder and the guiding hand of the Harlem Children’s Zone, Canada is engaged in a vastly ambitious social-development project, an attempt to transform 97 hardscrabble square blocks of the city with a comprehensive set of services for the poor, from a “baby college” for new and expectant parents to two charter schools—though he is no charter purist."—New York Magazine

“One of the best books I’ve ever read in my life. I urge people to go and find it. It’s fantastically insightful.”—Steve Levitt, Freakonomics

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807044629
Publisher:
Beacon Press
Publication date:
10/13/2010
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
351,949
File size:
214 KB
Age Range:
14 Years

Meet the Author

Geoffrey Canada is the president and CEO of Harlem Children’s Zone, a nonprofit, community-based organization deemed “one of the most ambitious social experiments of our time” by the New York Times Magazine. Jonathan Kozol called him, “One of the few authentic heroes of New York and one of the best friends children have, or ever will have, in our nation,” and Oprah Winfrey simply refers to him as “an angel from God.” Canada is featured in Davis Guggenheim’s documentary Waiting for Superman.

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Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Every parent or child advocate should read this book. It is a moving story that brings attention not only to violence but the root causes of it. It is a call to action & beacon of hope in correcting the wrongs of our society in general. All though its main focus centers around large intercity issues, the morals, lessons, poverty and fears can be applied to all Americans. I have recommened this read to everyone I know.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
3 yrs ago my son had to read this for the summer. i know mr canada personally my daughter attends promise academy 2 i was pleased with this book. This yr my daughter is entering 7th grade and mr. canada has given them permission to read the bk for the summer im soooo glad i entered the lottery and got my daughter into promise academy.
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Part of America's history
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Helps understand drug networks and violence in inner-city communities and is a great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Geoffrey Canada is an absolute genius and has so many brilliant ideas that we need to follow within our society. Clearly the war on drugs and violence isn't working yet his program is... we need to step back and look at the big picture and make changes. Change doesn't happen in schools, it begins in the home! It's time we make changes and follow Geoffrey Canada's ideas for a better America! This book is a must read for anyone who deals with social work or education or just anyone who is interested in the war on drugs and violence. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!!!
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