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Do or Die

Do or Die
Author: Leon Bing
ISBN 13: 9780060922917
ISBN 10: 60922915
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: 1992-05-20
Format: Paperback
Pages: 304
List Price: $14.99

Do or Die is the first insider account of teenage gangs—the lives, loves, and battles of children who kill—from the only journalist ever allowed inside this closed and dangerous world.

This is no West Side Story. Welcome to a world where teenagers wear colostomy bags and have scrapbooks filled with funeral invitations; where a young man, after being shot in the chest, drives himself to the hospital; where another youngster, caught in crossfire, uses his girlfriend as a human shield; where teenage gangsters are kidnapped, tortured, and held for six-figure ransoms; where kids hum the latest movie's theme music while killing people. It's a world of clickheads, sherms, bangers, ballers, and mummyheads; a world where the strongest feelings of family come from other gang members; a world where the most potent feelings of self-worth come from murder.

Houston Chronicle

The testimonies Bing elicits are always fascinating [as she] lets gang members speak for themselves and at length, weaving together their stories with scene-setting narrative that reveals her deep caring for these violent youths.