Street Kingdom by Douglas Century
Five Years Inside the Franklin Avenue Posse

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Five years ago, author Douglas Century, a white, affluent Princeton graduate, met a streetwise rapper with six criminal aliases. When the rapper admits to being a leader of an 80-member Brooklyn crack gang, the father of five or six illegitimate children, and the owner of an arrest record a mile long, Century doesn't run away; he gets in deep. Century is invited to enter a "street kingdom", where values are turned upside down, and he spends the next four years with 30 men who constitute a warrior class of the street. Raised on violence and taught to impose their will on others, they are nevertheless desperate for a way out. Unsentimental, yet completely involving, "Street Kingdom" paints an unforgettable portrait of life on the street and the vibrant characters who represent both its most vicious criminals and most heartbreaking victims.
 

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William Queen is the author of the "New York Times" bestseller "Under and Alone" and "Armed and Dangerous," He spent twenty years as a special agent with the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. A Vietnam veteran, Queen devoted his career to law enforcement, serving first as a local police officer and then as a U.S. Border Patrol agent before joining ATF. He is among the country's foremost experts on the violent world of outlaw motorcycle gangs and has lectured widely to law-enforcement organizations in multiple countries. For his ground-breaking undercover work playing the part of biker "Billy St. John," William Queen was awarded the 2001 Federal Bar Association's Medal of Valor. Douglas Century is the author of "Barney Ross and Street Kingdom," the co-author of the "New York Times" bestsellers" Under and Alone "and "Takedown," and a contributing writer for "The New York Times," His nonfiction work has appeared in such publications as "Details, Rolling Stone, Men's Journal, New York, Vibe, Radar, Blender, Newsday," and "The Guardian," Century is a cum laude graduate of Princeton University. He lives in New York City. "From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published February 1, 1999 by Warner Books. 415 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Children's Books, Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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However, when Century meets them, K and most of his friends are trying to go straight, holding down double shifts as security guards, trying to become the next Tupac or Snoop Doggy or to just find a better place to raise their children than the crack-filled projects.

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The friendship between Century, who's white, and Big K is remarkable, and the many instances of misunderstanding between them are as funny as they are revealing: Big K asks Century if he wants to ""take some money"";

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