I m in the middle of this book now Really brings you into the Jamaican culture Shows you an inside view of what the government and gangs and the people of Jamaica were are all about Living in the carribbean and being surrounded by many Jam s, this book deffinatly helps me grasp their culture and way of thinking a little better.
The author commits the cardinal sin of being excruciatingly DULL The book meanders and drifts before simply backtracking and repeating itself I cannot understand how a self respecting editor or publisher let this see the light of day It is a real shame as buried somewhere beneath the turgid prose is a great story waiting to be told.
The author obviously did a lot of research and seems to know the subject but that doesn t translate into a good book The narrative is not coherent and the cast of characters is introduced and reintroduced and impossible to keep straight There is far too much repetition for such a short book and she doesn t actually have any kind of insight into Jamaican gang culture other than a strained attempt to connect it to Hollywood Westerns and action movies Overall, a fascinating subject compromised by her subjectivity and lack of analysis.
A fantastic read about the source of New York s Jamaican gangs and the incredible violence of Kingston and Jamaica s political machine Everything in this book was so far outside my knowledge base that it was all a revelation The structure of the book keeps things interesting as well personal heartbreaking stories, history, political reporting If you want to read a really different book that will take you places you ve never imagined, this might be the one.
A troubling book in that it tells the troubling story of Jamaica s violent history, but it is also troubling for its perspective.
The author, a white woman, citizen of the US, details in the book the book details how her and my own government has played a central role in the devastation of Jamaica, and the crushing of its hopes after independence, by ostracizing the democratic socialism of Michael Manley and supporting the white drug runner, union buster, export processing zone creator, violence fomenter Stanley Seaga Her conclusion, however, is filled with prescriptions for the Jamaican elite a curious position to take, given the likely audience for this book It ought to be compared with the conclusion of the anti politics machine, by Thomas Ferguson.
The tragedy of Jamaica From the slaughter of the Arawaks through the violence of colonialism, replaced by an internalized racism of lighter skin against darker, all of this a backdrop to the proxy war waged for decades between two political parties and two men Michael Manley and Edward Seaga Manley and Seaga recruited impoverished kids to kill each other for crumbs from the politicians table, and when, fueled by cocaine most likely brought in by the politicians themselves, things got out of hand, the police began to enact extrajudicial killings murders, in other words, in a reign of terror The gangsters, brutalized both by the world they grew up in, and the violence they carried out themselves, went international becoming leaders in the 80 s and 90 s in the spread of crack cocaine, and leaders, too, in murders of each other and of innocents in th Ã Born Fi' Dead: A Journey Through The Jamaican Posse Underworld ✓ Great read for my first dive into Jamaica s history, but the book seemed to lack organization I loved meeting some of the people that she met, like Brambles, who took the author under his wing and gave her a way to communicate with many of the people she formed friendships with on the island as well as in the United States I think the book is worth reading but if it was structured differently it may form asolid work I loved the poem that the book is titled after, and that she used photographs that Brambles had taken for the front cover.
Good,of an account of the author s experiences in Jamaica during the turmoil of the 70s 80s her time among the Jamaican posses in Brooklyn than an overview of the culture as a whole Though the book does incorporate apared down look at the socio political origins of Jamaica s violence in the context of Jamaican history examines interesting elements of the Posse Yardie culture Very readable.
I enjoyed this book And whilst I generally abhor and avoid addenda to books, I actually read the afterward but not yet the introduction and found it very touching it really brought the whole concept of the book together for me And being a sheltered product of the so called Jamaican middle class, I can acknowledge that she is right when I reflected on my experiences and my views of the Jamaican proletariat and the simple fact that I really like this word I agreed that it is hate that separates the classes And this hate quite possibly The Ethnic Gangs That Rule America S Inner Cities, None Has Had The Impact Of The Jamaican Posses Spawned In The Ghettos Of Kingston As Mercenary Street Fighters For The Island S Politicians, The Posses Began Migrating To The United States In The Early S, Just In Time To Catch And Ride The Crack Wave As It Engulfed The Country Feared And Honored For Being Harder Than The Rest, They Would Lay Claim To Their New American Territory With Outlaw ✓ Born Fi' Dead: A Journey Through The Jamaican Posse Underworld É Download by ✓ Laurie Gunst Bravura, And The Raw Dancehall Music Born Of Their World Would Define Gangsta Culture For A Generation Of Angry Sufferers In Jamaica, American, And England Laurie Gunst Spent A Decade Moving With The Possemen, And Born Fi Dead Is Her Unique Account Of This Netherworld, The First To Bring To Life Jamaica S International Gangs