Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence in America

Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence in America

by Geoffrey Canada

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Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence in America by Geoffrey Canada

Long before U.S. News and World Report named him one of America's Best Leaders and Oprah Winfrey called him "an angel from God," Geoffrey Canada was a small, vulnerable, scared boy growing up in the South Bronx. Canada's 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 this candid and riveting memoir, Canada relives a childhood in which violence stalked every street corner. "If you wonder how a fourteen-year-old can shoot another child his own age in the head and then go home to dinner," Canada writes, "you need to know you don't get there in a day, or week, or month. It takes years of preparation to be willing to commit murder, to be willing to kill or die for a corner, a color, or a leather jacket."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807004234
Publisher: Beacon
Publication date: 04/28/1996
Edition description: None
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.48(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.54(d)
Lexile: 1020L (what's this?)

About the Author

Geoffrey Canada is president of the Rheedlen Centers for Children and Families in New York City. He is the recipient of a 1995 Heinz Foundation Award and a Parents Magazine Award for his work in child advocacy, and he is author of Fist Stick Knife Gun (Beacon/paperback/0-8070-0423-5/$12.00).

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