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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,796 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sudhir Venkatesh Narrator: Reg RogersUnspecified Sudhir VenkateshUnspecified Stephen J. Dubner Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The story of the young sociologist who studied a Chicago crack-dealing gang from the inside captured the world's attention when it was first described in Freakonomics. Gang Leader for a Day is the fascinating full story of how Sudhir Venkatest managed to gain entree into the gang, what he learned, and how his method revolutionized the academic establishment.

When Venkatesh walked into an abandoned building in one of Chicago's most notorious housing projects, he was looking for people to take a multiple-choice survey on urban poverty. A first-year grad student hoping to impress his professors with his boldness, he never imagined that as a result of the assignment he would befriend a gang leader named JT and spend the better part of a decade inside the projects under JT's protection, documenting what he saw there.

Over the next seven years, Venkatesh got to know the neighborhood dealers, crackheads, squatters, prostitutes, pimps, activists, cops, organizers, and officials. From his privileged position of unprecedented access, he observed JT and the rest of the gang as they operated their crack-selling business, conducted PR within their community, and rose up or fell within the ranks of the gang's complex organizational structure.

In Hollywood speak, Gang Leader for a Day is The Wire meets the University of Chicago. It's a brazen and fundamentally honest view into the morally ambiguous, highly intricate, often corrupt struggle to survive in what is tantamount to an urban war zone. It is also the story of a complicated friendship between Sudhir and JT: two young and ambitious men a universe apart. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Benjamin | 2/17/2014

    " a phenomenal book. Eye opening look into a world we barely recognize, let alone understand. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Dulcie | 2/14/2014

    " I didn't end up reading the last chapter and a half. It was interesting to read and learn about gang culture, but it was hard for me to a read a book without it leading to a big climax. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Becky | 2/6/2014

    " I read this entirely in one day. The story was fast paced and eye-opening, however, I guess I was surprised that the author offered absolutely no suggestions on how to improve the living conditions of the people in the projects. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Julio | 1/31/2014

    " I think this is an excellent account of Venkatesh's experience researching the lives of those living in the Robert Taylor Projects. One of the strengths of this book is its personal tone: Venkatesh explicitly acknowledges himself as an outsider to the world of Robert Taylor, is conscious of his personal biases and preconceptions, and does not ever claim he is an objective observer. It works best as a memoir and has much to say about the art of conducting field research. "

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