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Two Badges: The Lives of Mona Ruiz Hardcover – September 1, 1997


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Arte Publico Press; 1st, Date Same on Title & Copyright edition (September 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558852026
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558852020
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,776,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Never forgetting the words of her father, who said that police are Christ's soldiers on the rough city streets, Mona Ruiz spent her youth with gangs, married an abusive husband, then went from collecting welfare to preserving the welfare of others as a police officer in her hometown of Santa Ana. Ruiz tells her story with the objective eye of a detective who sees both the issues of necessity in joining a gang and the gang system's fatal vision of drugs and war. Informative and inspiring, Ruiz is one who made it out of the gangs, but never abandoned the streets.

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"Fascinating--alternately gruesome, tragic and funny," -- The Women's Review of Books

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The story of this woman is compelling as well as inspirational.
ncwrayray
I'm sure Mona is doing a great job as a cop as she knows how to treat all people respectfully, since she's been on the other side of the law, growing up.
P. Monreal
I had to read this book for a class, I never thought i'd enjoy it.
Maria D.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David A. Dean on August 17, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I am an English teacher at Santa Ana Valley High School, in Santa Ana, CA. Ms Ruiz spoke at Valley several years ago. Her presentation was as memorable as her book, "Two Badges." I bought three copies the day of her presentation, I have since bought ten more. My students love the book. Young men and young women, alike. They relate, and it is such a strong story with a postive, true life ending. Unfortunately, or fortunately (depending on your view) these books do not make it back to my room after being checked out. I am down to three copies. In a way I am happy, in that I know the books are in contiuous use, they are getting passed around to friends. Cool. It is just that I can not afford to buy a bunch more books for my kids this fall.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 20, 1999
Format: Hardcover
As a young adult in Santa Ana,California, I could totally relate to most of the things Mona Ruiz wrote in her book. I loved it because just by reading it she made me feel close to her and made me realize even more that there is a way out of that lifestyle,I'm almost there. I was never in a gang like her but I associate with that way of living. I hope she writes more books because I would buy them. I like that she writes about the way the gang life is, it's all true, but there is also more that is behind the lifestyle. Hopefully you will read and enjoy it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 4, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book is one of the best books that I have ever read. I recommend anybody to read this book, especially the girls out there that are struggling through life and are involved in the gangs. This is a very touching story and Mona tells it like it is, the way that most teenagers out there may not see it until after they may read this book. This book didn't just open my eyes more to whats out there it made me believe more in myself and know that I can do anything and never to give up Like Mona I grew up in Santa Ana and I've been through a lot. Now that I've read her book made me realize that I can even write my own book and I know that I can do it. Hopefully it can help kids see how hard life is out there in the gangs and think twice about what they may be doing out there right now. I know that a book can't change a human being but hopefully it can help them see life different. The way it really is.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 15, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book was required when I took one of my college classes. After reading it I knew why. The book offers an inside look into the life of a young woman, hispanic and in a gang. She struggles with many obstacles and in the end pulls herself through. The book is not only inspirational but it is also a demonstration of triumph in spite of obstacles! I give it Five stars and hope that more people can get to reading this book. Maybe instead of requiring it as a college course they should offer it in Junior high's and High Schools. This is the kind of book that should be read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Maria D. on December 13, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I had to read this book for a class, I never thought i'd enjoy it. I couldn't put it down. This book is one of the best books i've ever read. I'm glad a chicana can overcome so much. A+ for mona!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sandra on December 7, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is a really good book to have a teenages read, I read it just because and I liked it so much that I gave it to my little sister to read who then passed it on to her friends.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miguel Delgadillo on June 14, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
A former street chola writes her memoirs and her struggle to become a Santa Ana police officer. A fascinating look at the emptiness faced by young Latinos in the Los Angeles area. Devoid of direction, ignorant and unguided young people are prey for bad influences; here lies the timeless threat to every young girl. After a surreal marriage to a drug addict and a pregnancy, Ruiz does the impossible and becomes a cop.
This book has the qualities of becoming an urban classic because not much has changed since Ruiz was a girl. That's a bittersweet commentary when a Latino can be the mayor of Los Angeles (Villaraigosa) and yet Latino youth can still be utterly lost to the street.

I'd like to see the retired Mona Ruiz write her memoirs and tell us where her life finally led her. Hopefully she's at peace with her identity and her role in life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Monreal on September 11, 2009
Format: Paperback
Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. It's really entertaining & the fact that it's non fiction makes it even better. I'm sure Mona is doing a great job as a cop as she knows how to treat all people respectfully, since she's been on the other side of the law, growing up. This is why she gains respect from the people in the streets as well. More cops need to realize that in order to get respect, they have to give it.
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