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Redemption: From Orginal Gangster to Nobel Prize Nominee

by Stanley Tookie Williams
£9.99   paperback  Milo Books (2004)

Redemption: From Orginal Gangster to Nobel Prize Nominee by Stanley Tookie Williams Stanley Tookie Williams was once the most feared name in South Central Los Angeles. In the early 1970s, when roving gangs plaugued the city, he was a teenager consumed by an inarticulate rage, with a ferocious reputation as a fighter and leader of the west side. To protect family and friends, Tookie - with Raymond Washington from the east side - created the Crips street gang.
The Crips rapidly expanded and became like the rivals they once despised: gangbangers who terrorized their own neighbourhoods. In 1979, Tookie was charged with murdering four people. Though always declaring his innocence, he was sentenced to death.
Over the coming decades, the Crips spread across the United States, leaving a trail of dead and mourning in a war with their deadly rivals, the Bloods. Tookie, however, sought to redeem himself from a legacy of black-on-black violence. He wrote books instructing youth on how not to follow in his footsteps and has been nominated four times for the Nobel Peace Prize and three times for the Nobel Prize in Literature - all from a tiny prison cell. He still awaits a final court ruling to determine whether he is executed by lethal injection or given a new trial.
Redemption is the story of an extraordinary life and the most candid and thought-provoking book ever written on modern gang culture. More information is available at: and

ISBN 13: 9781903854341 | ISBN 10: 1903854342

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