True Crime Leon Bing Do or Die

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Do or Die

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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.

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"The most vivid and insightful investigation any reporter has made into gang life. This is the human face behind the tragic headlines, a sad, honestly reported story of kids at war with themselves."-- Digby Diehl, "Playboy""Poignant."-- "New York Times""Fascinating and frightening."-- "Los Angeles Times""Ambitious and provocative."-- "Chicago Tribune""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."-- "Houston Chronicle""Shocking."-- "San Francisco Chronicle""A powerful portrait of life on the streets."-- "Vogue""Bing is a reporter of remarkable vividness and subtlety ... passionately objective . . . a remarkable, compellingly readable piece of reporting." -- "Entertainment Weekly""Harrowing and heart-felt . . . a book that should be read by everyone professionally involved or personally concerned with the future of urban America." -- "Publishers Weekly""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." -- "Kirkus Reviews"

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Bing profiles archrival Los Angeles teenage gangs the Crips and the Bloods in a harrowing docuchronicle--which received a PW boxed review in cloth--that should be read by all concerned with the future of urban America. $40,000 ad/promo; author tour.
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