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A teenage-populated cocaine distribution ring in New York City's Spanish Harlem is probed by the author, a sociologist, who for almost five years observed its routines. "Williams proffers no quick solution to the drug crisis, but rather an illumination, in their own words, of damaged urban youth," remarked PW , calling this "a sobering picture of the dangerous, lucrative trade."
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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From 1982 to 1986, sociologist Williams followed the activities of a teenage cocaine ring in New York's Spanish Harlem. He tells their story in their own street language (and conveniently provides a glossary). The "kids" tell how cocaine is adulterated, packaged, and sold; how the chain of distribution works; and even detail the etiquette of drug selling and usage. They also give the stories of their lives, and Williams follows up with what has happened to them since 1986. Williams is very nonjudgmental, which is the book's main fault; by showing the drug trade primarily as a way for teenagers to attain status and money, and soft-pedaling the violence and harm involved, he makes the activities of the "kids" seem as normal as those of any teenagers with part - time jobs. For larger crime and sociology collections.
- Sally G. Waters, Stetson Law Lib., St. Petersburg, Fla.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; Reprint edition (January 22, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201570033
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201570038
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #615,690 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Seedless on January 19, 2006
Format: Paperback
Pretty good book...

A story concerning the lifes of 8 kids deeply involved in cocaine trade in NYC during the 1980's. It is told from the point of view of an outsider looking in, which I would have rather seen it documented from the 'kids' view but what can you do? Bricks of coke, cut, re-rocked, packaged, street level retail, and all the nitty-gritty details involved with the process. If your looking for a book that tells the tale of the route of cocaine from the source, into the nose/arm of a user, and the people that make it happen. This book is for you, I am a sucker for this type of literature [drug-porn] so take my review with that in mind.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By idurner on June 14, 2007
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great fun read. you can sit down and read it in a day really. the story follows some dominican kids who sell the kilos of coke. it is written like a documentary but has a TON of feeling in it. POOR CHILLE!!!!
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By NDL on April 8, 2013
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I purchased the 'Cocaine Kids' for a class I took as a prequisite towards my Criminal Justice degree. Though, I felt a bit discouraged with the title...the intro took me right into the real life story of different minds that chose to all have one thing in common...cocaine. Different paths come together in a fast life where they reap mountain peaks of temporal financial heights. The story depicts real life moments of happiness, sadness, excitement, growing up without direction, but above all...there was a very important trait to never let go of and that was...self respect. Self respect of oneself regardless of the changes this group of associates endured throughout their experiences amongst each other and with each other. This is a must read for anyone who is taking such a course, but it is also a must read for anyone who is looking to understand why the young go this route regardless of where they come from...urban society or suburbia.
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By Kamil Wiecko on January 5, 2014
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Let me start by saying that i very rarely read books, but this book is very good. Might be the fact that it takes place around my area (new york). I dont like reading books, but read this entire book in 2 days, it sucks you in and you just want to keep reading it. Great book.
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By Richie Jimenez on January 30, 2014
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As a person who has worked with at risk youth for the past twenty-five years this is a must read for the worker and the youth!
Dr. Richie Jimenez
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