Monster by Sanyika Shakur
The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member

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After pumping eight blasts from a sawed-off shotgun at a group of rival gang members, twelve-year-old Kody Scott was initiated into the L.A. gang the Crips. He quickly matured into one of the most formidable Crip combat soldiers, earning the name “Monster” for committing acts of brutality and violence that repulsed even his fellow gang members. When the inevitable jail term confined him to a maximum-security cell, a complete political and personal transformation followed: from Monster to Sanyika Shakur, black nationalist, member of the New Afrikan Independence Movement, and crusader against the causes of gangsterism. In a document that has been compared to The Autobiography of Malcolm X and Eldridge Cleaver’s Soul on Ice, Shakur makes palpable the despair and decay of America’s inner cities and gives eloquent voice to one aspect of the black ghetto experience today.


 

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Sanyika Shakur, aka Kody Scott, was born in 1963 and grew up in South Central Los Angeles. He is the author of Monster: The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member.
 
Published December 1, 2007 by Grove Press. 402 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Children's Books, Education & Reference, Crime, History. Non-fiction

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This dispatch from a maximum-security prison chronicles Scott's transformation from a ``gangbanging ghetto star'' to an evangelical proponent of black nationalism. (May)

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This dispatch from a maximum-security prison chronicles Scott's transformation from a ``gangbanging ghetto star'' to an evangelical proponent of black nationalism. (May)

May 02 1994 | Read Full Review of Monster: The Autobiography of...

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