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on January 19, 2006
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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on April 8, 2013
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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on January 5, 2014
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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on June 14, 2007
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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on January 30, 2014
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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on November 4, 2015
necessary textbook
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on May 2, 2007
Great book about the life of 8 young kids in New York whom changes schools and books for sealing drugs.... It tells how they became dealers,families problems and issues of friendshipp.. even thougth the book is great it does not mention in any page how society tried to help them...because they did not get any help or encoragement... any solutions any where??? more programs in such areas would definately improve the way teeneagers chooses to live their life and make their family more aware of such situations..it is not too late. quite interesting..learned more about drugs than what I ever wanted to....
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on July 18, 2015
Great read!
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on February 19, 2015
Good
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on March 24, 2009
If you are looking for more of a journalistic description and a short, amusing read, then this book is for you. He includes irrelevant details. It is more an ethnography of urban relationships in the context of the drug trade than of the drug trade proper.

If you are after a scientific ethnography of drug-selling, then I'd recommend Phillipe Bourgois' In Search of Respect. Avoid this book - it is not worthwhile if you are a sociologist or anthropologist.
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