Born Fi’ Dead has ratings and 16 reviews. Thorne said: A confused Born Fi ‘ Dead: A Journey Through The Jamaican Posse Underworld Laurie Gunst. Born Fi’ Dead: A Journey Through the Jamaican Posse Underworld. Laurie Gunst , Author Henry Holt & Company $23 (p) ISBN Among 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.
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Knowing that there is cause to empathise does not assuage my hate. I was initially surprised when I came upon the memoir tone of this book, as I thought it would be one of those ‘serious’ sounding research pieces; then I realised that the light tone of the book took away the tedium that may have otherwise set in.
Books by Laurie Gunst. A troubling book – in that it tells the troubling story of Jamaica’s violent history, but it is also troubling for its perspective. 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. May 17, Andrea Homier rated it really liked it Shelves: The Anatomy of a Posse.
Born Fi’ Dead: A Journey Through The Jamaican Posse Underworld by Laurie Gunst
Among the ethnic gangs that rule America’s inner cities, none has had the impact of the Jamaican posses. Carefully transcribing island patois, Gunst captures the warmth and turmoil of Jamaica’s poor, finding that a shared affinity with the Wild West myth helped her bridge some deas gaps.
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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. She recounts her island years, including her growing knowledge of Jamaica’s racial caste system.
Born Fi’ Dead: A Journey Through The Jamaican Posse Underworld
Jan 15, Ellis Amdur rated it liked it. Feb 04, Melissa Eckstrom rated it really liked bt. Get to Know Us. Selected pages Title Page. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. I really enjoyed the book. Bennett rated it it was amazing Oct 11, Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Thanks Laurie Guns-t, and I hope that there will be a follow up book on this.
Feared and honored for being “harder than the rest, ” these Jamaican cocaine syndicates laid claim to their new American territory with outlaw bravura and a ruthlessness that was immortalized in song; the raw dance hall music born of their world defined “gangsta” culture for a generation of angry sufferers in Jamaica, America, and England.
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She visits a drug posse leader in jail and hangs out at a gritty crack house in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights section. The author was brave to get into the trenches for this. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? 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, vio A troubling book – in that it tells the troubling story of Jamaica’s violent history, but it is also troubling for its perspective.
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. But there are, and I’d much rather hear what those people have to say directly than have it filtered through a compulsively apologetic white lady from Harvard.
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