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Blood in the Fields: Ten Years Inside California's Nuestra Familia Gang Hardcover – September 1, 2014
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"Blood in the Fields is a fascinating yet troubling look at a generation grappling with identity. It is a powerful account, one crafted with sensitivity and sharp human insights, of another Mexico within the United States. Julia Reynolds is a masterful storyteller." —Alfredo Corchado, author of Midnight in Mexico and Mexico bureau chief for the Dallas Morning News
“Both chilling and sad—so many lives lost, so many households ruined, and so many hearts torn apart. Blood in the Fields is a must-read for anybody interested in stopping the cycle of violence for safer communities.” —Gabe Morales, author, trainer, gang specialist, and founder of the International Latino Gang Investigators Association
"Journalist Reynolds’s debut offers a well sourced account of the most important criminal organization you’ve never heard of: Nuestra Familia." —Publishers Weekly
"A sprawling, literary true-crime effort that will reward patient readers with its gloomy account of an unstoppable, violent subculture." —Kirkus
"Reynolds skillfully limns the tough lives, heartlessness, misgivings, and bad decisions made for the sake of family and the home country of Mexico...A riveting tale of a monster of criminality that is still not dead but merely changing shape." —Booklist
About the Author
Julia Reynolds coproduced and wrote the PBS documentary Nuestra Familia, Our Family, and reported on the northern California gang for more than a decade. She currently works as a staff writer at the Monterey County Herald and has reported for National Public Radio, the Discovery Channel, The Nation, Mother Jones, the San Francisco Chronicle, and more.
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Top Customer Reviews
Nearly five months after his passing, I have finished reading the book. Both myself and my loved one were born and raised in Salinas. Our upbringings similar and our exposure to violence and death caused by the Nuestra Familia's "Cause" undeniable. Before my loved one passed, he stated that the details in this book were so accurate. He called others that he knew were familiar with the details to find out who the author was, and how she knew the details? Another indication that he did not read much of the book. His personality changed quickly upon opening the book. His only comment was that the book was accurate.
I read the entire book. The book is accurate. I recall many of the murders in the news, the names, and even know some people that were affiliated in some way with gang life, and the Nuestra Familia. The graphic descriptions of the Salinas area are accurate and bring back memories. I know this book was written from the account of people in the Nuestra Familia, primarily Little Mondo. My disappointment in the book was the lack of comparison to the accounts of law enforcement, healthcare workers, and impact on the Salinas social system.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Such an excellent read, so much so I bought a second copy. I share one with friends and family to enlighten them on this subject matter. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Cynthia Cristan
Nice work with a difficult subject. Probably more interesting to those of us who grew up or have lived in and around Salinas. Kudos to Ms. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Debra S Ristau
Just a story about a bunch of busters. Spoiler Alert: Most of the busters turned out to be rats and PC's (nothing new).Published 7 months ago by G. Hernandez
I loved this book. It hit really close to home. Many of things I heard on the news years back, I.e crystals death, now makes sense. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Angelica Martinez
This book is so detailed. It brings back a lot of memories growing up in Salinas.Published 9 months ago by P. Herrera