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Publisher's Summary

"The true stories I've written in this book are my living nightmares. My greatest hope is that the lessons the stories offer will help you make better choices than I did."

Stanley "Tookie" Williams, cofounder of the notorious Crips gang, is a death-row inmate. But in his two decades of incarceration, Williams has also become a respected author and activist whose dedication to ending gang warfare in the lives of inner-city children has earned him a 2001 Nobel Peace Prize nomination. In this award-winning book, which has drawn praise from educators, government leaders, and families alike. Williams describes the brutal reality of being an inmate. He debunks myths of prisons as "gladiator schools" with blunt, riveting stories of overwhelming homesickness, the terror of solitary confinement, and the humiliation of strip-searches. Williams' words are a frank challenge to adolescent listeners to educate themselves, make intelligent decisions, and above all, not to follow in his footsteps.

©1998 Barbara Cottman Becnel (P)2009 Recorded Books

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I am taken away by the realistic visional and felt moments of this first take of prison life.

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Can’t do the time don’t do the crime.

Good story too much complaining about the cell being too small The food is bad wow I know some food is better in other prisons I’ve done time in the system all my teens years and all my 20s . You can say I was state raised So I got use to the food.but you do have to have a job or or a hustle I use to draw make cards to by canteen -Store. By the grace of God I’ve been out now for 30 yrs Married with 7 children all grown up and grandkids. I learned to stay out obey the law and give honor and Glory to God almighty. I’ve seen enough and got tired. So if you don’t like the food or being told what to do.just don’t break the law find new friends change your life.or do life inside it’s your choice I pray for those who have a second chance May God direct your path to walk on the road less traveled. And May He bless those men who may never see the street again protect you from harm & evil and give you peace and happiness to Better your self God Bless you Amen.

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Not Forgotten

This needs to be share with you boys and girls who are currently or headed towards a life of crime and imprisonment and their families. My brother is serving life and the pain at time is overwhelming for us all.
Thank you for sharing you story.

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Simply Excellent!

Honest account. Vulnerable and Shocking. Thank you, Tookie. Happy he turned his life around and taught the youth that prison is not to be glamorized.

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A Clear Picture

I loved it. It helps me with my research on writing about black people issues, along with Tookie Williams insight on what he was reduced to from the gang life. At least Tookie transformed his life for the better and made a positive contribution in the end.

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Still my favorite book as an adult

read this book when I was in Middle School. feels very nostalgic revisiting this childhood masterpiece. I wish a lot of my high school friends read this book. I wonder where they would be now if it knew what he knew.

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This was way too short for the price. I'd like a refund. I'm disappointed to say the least.

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I wanted a more personal account on the author's life on death row but instead got a watered down version of everyday life in prison.

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An important book for all to read. Provides a window into the life of an inmate and the constraints of his life. It motivates those of us who are free to appreciate and constantly search for meaning with the freedom we have. It also challenges us to realize that even within constraint meaning can be found (in the writer's case through writing and activism).