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  • Paperback: 94 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of America (January 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761838880
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761838883
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,604,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steven R. Cureton is associate professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Professor Cureton has published in the Journal of Gang Research, the Journal of Criminal Justice, the Journal of Black Studies, and African-American Research Perspectives. His work also appears in Ron Huff's Gangs in America III and Markowitz and Brown's The System in Black and White: Exploring the Connections between Race, Crime, and Justice.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Darrell on June 24, 2008
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I found this book to be one of the worse books I have ever read about CRIPS history. Being an ex E/S 5-TRAY Avalon Crip (NOW E/S AVALON GANGSTA CRIPS - SOUTH PARK) during the early 1970's that used to hang with many W/S back in the day, and also having lived on 94th Off Hoover Street, I knew many of the old 9-deuce and 9-4 Hoovers(Like Lil Roc and Crazy Rock)when Hoover Crips were in the young stages when I used to go to Bret Harte Jr. High, and Locke High School in Los Angeles, Cali. The commentary was quite boring and is not on par with books like "BLUE RAGE, BLACK REDEMPTION (Stan "Tookie" Williams) which I found to hold alot of truths since I knew alot of the individuals in the book (since I was around in those days CRIPPIN' and TRU 2 THE BLUE. It is not also on par with Books by Colton "Lil C" Simpson (Inside the CRIPS), and "Monster" Cody Scott (Auobiograpy of a L.A. Gang Member"). The page count in this book is low, and it talks relatively about nothing. I don't understand it's purpose. The Author seems to have gotten a bunch of fabrications about old CRIP history from I would assume, a new generation of modern day would be Gangsters. I also don't understand why the book is called "HOOVER CRIPS", since the HOOVERS or HOOVER CRIMINALS as they call themselves no longer associate themselves as being CRIPS, but call themselves hustlers and sport the Orange colored bandana as opposed to the International BLUE, Purple, Brown, Green, or Black bandana's worn by CRIPS in Cali to show their sub-sets. The violence level might be right on par. But coming up CRIP in the EARLY DAYS (1970's), I got nothing out of this book period but misinformation from what I know about the streets, and was looking to give the book away for free, but didn't have any takers. This book was overpriced ($16 plus) worth of garbage. Actually this is one of the WORSE books I have ever read, I read it in about 4 hours time, and I read an average of about 40 books a month.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Free to be Me on April 19, 2008
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I enjoyed the book very much. It gave alot of insight of that gangs activities over the years. I highly recommend everyone to read this book because you would read some informative things that you probably did not no. I read it in three days and had a hard time putting it dowm
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By Richard on November 8, 2010
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I will say the book was very short. It had a few,very few,new revelations about the gang thing. Wish it would have had more info on the Hoovers though.
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