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The Rise and Fall of the Nuestra Familia: The Biography of Robert L. Gratton, One of California's Highest-Ranking Prison Gang Members Paperback – March 20, 2006

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The Rise and Fall of the Nuestra Familia is the true story of Robert Lee Gratton, who hopes that its grim reality will help turn the lives of young people away from gangs and in a positive direction. It doesn’t glamorize or glorify the so-called gangster lifestyle, consisting of vicious beatings, drive-by shootings, and gangland slayings. Its sincere intent is to serve as an educational resource for parents, law-enforcement personnel, teachers and others to reflect upon for leverage in their fight against gangs.

Robert Gratton was raised in a drug-infested neighborhood plagued by gangs. He knows all too well how it feels to bring suffering and grief to loved ones. He lived a significant part of his life in a notoriously brutal prison gang, and he truly doesn’t want children to become hostages of that nightmare.

From the Inside Flap

If I go forward, follow me. If I hesitate, push me. If I am killed, avenge me. If I am a traitor, kill me.

Nuestra Familia Oath

Wherever death may surprise us, It will be welcomed, provided that this, our battle cry reaches some receptive ear, that another hand reaches out to pick up weapons and that other men come forward to intone our funeral dirge, with the staccato of machine-gun fire, and new cries of battle and victory.

Ernesto "Che" Guevara

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 346 pages
  • Publisher: Know Gangs Publishing (March 20, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977629201
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977629206
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,950,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jacqueline Byrd on April 2, 2009
Format: Paperback
i totally enjoyed reading this book as it does not put anyone down, but gives a realistic view of life in a major california prison and street gang. it is not easy to live the life of a gangster and then turn away from it. but the author does a great job of explaining his life through the times that the gang actually rose to fame or should i say infamy. great read and i am sure everyone will love to know what goes on in these types of gangs.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 7, 2010
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Simply put, this book was very hard to put down once I dove into it. The world of the Mexican Mafia(surenos) vs. Nuestra Familia(nortenos) is complex, violent and very deadly!! These two may have started out as simply,"prison gangs",but have grown into two major players on both the inside and outside in the real world, so a new breed of gangster has been evolving and will continue to evolve around these two powerful clicks!! Fast paced writting style along with details and specific information regarding events in the rise of Nuestra Familia are deciphered in these pages!! Gratton's story makes for a exciting tale, both good and bad, and in the end, he still has to face himself in the mirror everymorning. Great book on the subject of Mexican Organized Crime..
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By MIGUEL GONZALEZ on November 4, 2014
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Good book
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