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Fist, stick, knife, gun :a personal history of violence in America


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'Long before U.S. News and World Report named him one of America\'s Best Leaders and Oprah Winfrey called him \"an angel from God,\" Geoffrey Canada was a small, vulnerable, scared boy growing up in the South Bronx. Canada\'s world was one where \"sidewalk\" boys learned the codes of the block and were ranked through the rituals of fist, stick, and knife. Then the streets changed, and the stakes got even higher. In this candid and riveting memoir, Canada relives a childhood in which violence stalked every street corner. \"If you wonder how a fourteen-year-old can shoot another child his own age in the head and then go home to dinner,\" Canada writes, \"you need to know you don\'t get there in a day, or week, or month. It takes years of preparation to be willing to commit murder, to be willing to kill or die for a corner, a color, or a leather jacket.\"'

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Canada (president of the Rheedlen Centers for Children and Families in New York City) offers a gripping memoir of his own youth and adulthood, as well as a description of his vision for a better future for children growing up in a frightening world of poverty, automatic weapons, and the continual threat of violence.
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A Personal History of Violence in America
Canada, Geoffrey
Beacon Press
Boston :
Violence in children
Children and violence
Children -- New York (State) -- New York -- Social conditions.
General Biography
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8.4 x 5.48 x .54 in .5625 lb

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