This Is for the Mara Salvatrucha: Inside the MS-13, America's Most Violent Gang

This Is for the Mara Salvatrucha: Inside the MS-13, America's Most Violent Gang

by Samuel Logan

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Overview

Like any American teenager, Brenda Paz spent much of her time with her friends. They would go to parties, listen to music, and show off their cars late into the night. But Brenda and her friends belonged to the Mara Salvatrucha--the MS-13--the most violent gang in America, and in addition to enjoying the things that all teenagers do, her friends were thieves, drug dealers, human traffickers, and murderers. A street gang that began in Los Angeles in the 1980s, the Mara Salvatrucha has spread across the United States and Central America with startling speed, boasting tens of thousands of members. They deal ruthlessly with competing gangs and any members who display disloyalty, often leaving a trail of dismembered corpses in their wake. They are poised to surpass the Mafia as the country's most organized criminal network. And by operating within the insular Central American immigrant communities, the Mara Salvatrucha has been able to easily elude law enforcement.

All that changed when Brenda Paz turned informant for the FBI, exposing the incredible scope of the gang's operations. But Brenda's cooperation with the FBI was only the beginning. What followed is an extraordinary story of strength, intelligence, and incredible courage.

This Is for the Mara Salvatrucha takes us into a dark and violent world that few people have seen, but is closer than you think.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401394486
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 07/07/2009
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 565,006
File size: 589 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Awista Ayub was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, and escaped with her family to Connecticut at 2 years old. Following 9/11, she founded the Afghan Youth Sports Exchange as a means of introducing soccer to the young women of Aghanistan, both on US and Afghan soil. Today, she serves as director of the AYSE and lives in Washington, DC.

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This is for the Mara Salvatrucha: Inside the MS-13, America's Most Violent Gang 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Tash50 More than 1 year ago
I heard about this book on a radio show where the author was interviewed. The story occurred in my locality and was about gangs. I'm a police officer so I was interested immediately on both aspects. I started reading at 8:30 AM on a Saturday morning and finished the book at 2:30 PM the same day. I was so engaged I couldn't put it down. I found the research impeccable, the writing very well done, and the imagery intense to stay the least. What touched me most was the instant familiarity with the central figure, Brenda Paz. I really felt as if I knew her. She was real to me. The outside objective viewer. I found myself fighting for her despite the known inevitable ending. The other portion of this book that is amazing is the revelation process it exposes. While I'm a police officer you need not be to become aware of this issues exposed in this book. I think it's a must read for parents. it can really alert parents AND children to the dangers and negative realities out in our community; no matter if you live in my area or elsewhere. I caution parents from having their children read this unless there is maturity, open dialogue, and understanding. There are some very graphic descriptions. This good for awareness however; it could be unsettling for some. In all fairness it isn't anymore graphic then Rated R movies. I think if a parent wants their child to read this they should read it first and ensure there are conversations back forth regarding the contents. There is more to be learned from this book then just the obvious gang issues plaguing our backyards. this is a story about a real person and events. It's a HUMAN story. One that is sad but above all a reality that highlights what can happen from the most basic form of emotional neglect. It's a gradual decent with promises of an amazing life when really it's life that was stolen. In both the literal and figurative senses. Most poignant of all is that it was avoidable with proper love and attention(in most cases). It begs the question; as parents, teachers, and other concerned responsible persons, what happens when we ignore or neglect persons in our life? I recommend this book strongly. I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I did but that they take something from it too. It was an eye opening book.
1994LR More than 1 year ago
The book was very elaborated and it was easy to follow. the information was an eye opener. Being from El Salvador I heard many time about the MS 13 But I thought the chances for me to be affected by the phenomenon is very slim. I've been living at the DC area for 15 years. The spreading of ms 13 criminal activities has brought me to look for information about the criminal group. Thanks to the writer for compiling all the story in a way that any kid can follow. I recommend the book for kids older then 12. I know he book is graphic but so are the activities this gangs are doing in our communities. Kids need to know how difficult it is to get out of this elicit organizations and maybe this book will discourage them for try. All the middle and high schools in the DC area are infected by ms 13. Parents don't let your guards down. these thugs will might get to your kids without you knowing. It will useful for the book to be publish in Spanish in the US as many parents can only read in their native language.
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I decided to read this book because of a news report that I seen on the Brenda Paz case when I was younger. The report was short and only covered the basic it left me with unaswered questions regarding the Brenda Paz case. This book answer them for me. The writting is very clear and detailed. This book gives the reader a clear view inside the gang life. I definantly recomend this book to everyone.
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Olivia Halvorsen More than 1 year ago
Excellent!
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This book was so steam packed with action and deceiving parts! Defiantly a must read trust me!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book was a great read. once i started i couldn't put it down. gets into the nitty gritty of the gang lifestyle. just sorry brenda's story ended the way it did. hope others learn from this book.
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Marky13 More than 1 year ago
Much Respect a must read definetly!!!
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