Monster: The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member

Monster: The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member

by Sanyika Shakur

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ISBN-13: 9780802141446
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 06/09/2004
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 38,828
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

Table of Contents

1. Initiation
1(32)
2. Boys to Men
33(20)
3. The War
53(22)
4. Ambush
75(20)
5. Can't Stop Won't Stop
95(64)
6. The Juvenile Tank
159(42)
7. Muhammad Abdullah
201(34)
8. Tamu
235(46)
9. 48 Hours
281(36)
10. Reconnected
317(36)
11. Nation Time
353(26)
Epilogue 379

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MrDubVee2 More than 1 year ago
Monster: The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member is about the events of the life of young man who is a Crip from Eight Tray Gangster. At the young age of eleven, Kody Scott joined the Los Angeles gang the Crips, to be more specific, Eight Tray Gangster. Slowly but surely, Kody transforms from an eleven year old boy, to a brutally powerful gang member who gets involved with drugs and feels nervous without a gun. He is thrown in jail and shot at much of his lifetime, only to come back with even more hatred to anyone, or anything, that threatened his set. He had the reputation to brutally murder others that sometimes repulsed even his fellow gang members. This earned him the name Monster. Later, he meets a Muslim priest named Muhammad who inspires him to change his ways. He learns about the oppressed and with the help of the CCO, Consolidated Crip Organization, furthered his studies of knowledge and heritage. Sanyika Shakur's book gives insight to the reality of the gang world and how it hypnotizes the minds of our youth. This is a must read for teens and young adults. Monster makes you really understand the lifestyles of the gang world and revolutionaries. This book is an eye opener to the dramatic events happing in the streets which we have thus tried to shy away from as a society. By reading this book, we can further understand the reality of gang life and what fuels the young minds joining the gang world, trying to become an "O.G." I truly hope that this book will teach those wishing to join the gang life the dangers and consequences of their actions. Maybe one day we will see rival gang members finally getting along.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I will give Kody this, he has mastered the art of self promotion and ghetto bravado. But so has has every rapper who ever made it. This act, from every other person hustiling a book to a C.D., since Muhammad Ali to the present, is played out. This book says nothing, answers no questions, provides no message. It communicates no redemption and offers no postive take away what so ever. You get the impression the ghost writer had to work hard to sort out some type of rhyme or reason of this memoir of murderous mayham, for the sake of just that. As a black man, this Black on Black crime in our black communites is discouraging. Black is beautiful and Scott hurt black people, which is wrong. (I think the ghost writer failed Scott in sorting out the reasons for it all.) The writer did communicate well some of the chess games that are played in the street, when you are set tripin' and just trying to stay alive. Scott is an intellgent man and once said, 'we fight for our lives over the Hood and did not own one brick in it.' His Ghost writer failed him in this work, it is empty and it will leave you only with a Question Mark. In fact, I give this book and sum it up with just that, five question marks?????
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book many years ago when it first came out. I was an undergrad at the time and this book had me captivated. I couldn't put the book down! Later, when I began working with kids in boys homes, residential treatment centers, and public schools, and now that I'm a school counselor, I find that the stories from this book have stayed with me. The book is very insightful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Even the Ghost Writer could not make rhyme or reason out of this tangled web of confusion. This is a true example of the confusion that rules they young mind of those with no positive mentors. The Ghost writer really sounds confused as she tries to sort out some rhyme or reason for this murderous mayhem. Scott claims the body count of a Navy Seal unit. If his claims are true, he will be going back to prison for the rest of his life. The self-hate of black genocide is disturbing and then he claims Black Nationalism? The only hope for our black families in America is a revival of faith and Fathers taking responsibility for their sons. Cody¿s Father, an L.A. Ram, did not as most gangsters¿ fathers do not either. Scott turned to his neighborhood gangs name and it's identity because his father did not give him his identity in his family last name. He turned to the gang as all gangsters because his father was not there with love, discipline and guidance to go with it. L.A. is not unique; they were shooting in Oakland, San Francisco, New York in the 70's before Scott was born. For young people who think this is something to look up to, they need a tour of a prison or the city morgue. This all where this life leads too along with very low level menial jobs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this years ago.
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nineteen? that's all I can say
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Best non fiction
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I highly reccomend this book for true crime buffs or otherwise. I first read thi book in high school. I have repeatedly picked it up to reread it.
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