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Big D (Victorious Through God's Grace) (Victorious Through God's Grace) Paperback – January 1, 2006


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: CSN books (2006)
  • ISBN-10: 1593521820
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593521820
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,045,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Richard S. Ramos on February 18, 2008
I just finished reading Big D's book. Once I picked it up I could not stop reading it. It is a poignant and living example of what a person can accomplish in spite of his past. Big D a former gang leader chronicles his life growing up in the City of San Fernando during the 1950's to the 1980's where he became a respected and feared leader by a legion of gang members. Twice convicted of murder and served 30 years behind bars finally finding hope in the bible and his belief in a better life. Today Big D works through a non profit trying to create peace among the gangs that he once ran with often risking his life to share his story of chaos, drugs, murder, and prison to any gang member willing to hear him out. This book is currently being read by some of my students at my high school and they now have some hope that they can leave the gang lifestyle and create a better life for themselves.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Jenkins on January 27, 2011
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Conrad Donald Garcia aka Big D, is a legendary figure whose impact in the area of gang intervention is well documented. Big D is a larger than life personality whose passion for his role as a mediator, peacemaker and role model is clearly apparent in the later portion of the book. There truly was no need for Big D, to present a resume but he does in the form of his prison record. He's experienced the ups and downs of living a life of peace as he obviously cherishes the example and accomplishments of Art 'Conejo' Blajos, Ernest "Kilroy" Roybal and others but he has also experienced the pain of watching others such as Robert "Robot" Salas try and fail to shake the old habits and addictions that produced their reputations to begin with. Big D's story invites us all to invest a little extra time in that troubled kid whose behavior seems wild and uncontrollable for your interest just might make the difference between a life spent in and out of prison, and a productive member of society. This title is absolutely worth every penny you'll spend on it and when combined with Art Blajos Blood In, Blood Out, you have the makings of a very formidable pair of books that tell it like it truly is.
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I SAW HIM ON YOUTUBE AN OLD VIDEO BEFORE HE PAST AWAY. HE WAS PROMOTING HIS BOOK. THEN WHEN I SAW LIL DONALD HIS GRANDSON WAS SELLING THE BOOK ON AMAZON! I HAD TO BUY IT FROM HIM! BUY FROM LIL DONALD. HES BIG D'S GRANDSON!
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By "Champ" Amador on December 13, 2013
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Very good book coming from one of the Original members of the security threat group also known as the Mexican Mafia. Always a pleasure to read a story about a redeemed individual who placed himself so deep into the madness and survived to share his story. Big D has now left us but his story remains as a message to the kids he worked with in the San Fernando Valley. Enjoy yourself in Heaven, Mr. Garcia.
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