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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner (September 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416548513
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416548515
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #604,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Ayy Blood, we gotta take a ride. Hop yo' ass in the bawr, shouts a veteran gangbanger to Morris near the beginning of this disappointing work. Raised in poverty by a crack-smoking single mother, Morris spins a woeful tale of constant violence, serious crime and murder galore. Shuttled back and forth across the country as a boy, he quickly falls in with the Bloods—an African-American street gang whose thirst for inflicting pain on others seems rarely slaked. Attack breeds revenge in an endless cycle of death, with Morris placing himself at the center of it all. There's an adrenaline rush when I whip my burner out, he writes. It's a confidence-booster to see how the toughest guys cry for their lives when I cock that shit back. Obviously meant to be raw and from the street, this whole project reads as self-aggrandizing. Compounding the amateurish feel are clunky poems penned by Jason Davis preceding each chapter. If all this is meant to inspire African-American and Latino youth to turn their backs on the thug life, as Terrie Williams writes in the overwrought afterword, it fails miserably. What it does is reinforce stereotypes that already dominate the mainstream media. (Apr.)
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DaShaun Jiwe Morris tells an all-too-familiar ghetto story: wracked by emotional abandonment, lacking direction, and offered few options as a young, black male, Morris, at 10 years old, gives up on safer dreams and becomes a thug who sells drugs, gangbangs, and soldiers with fist and gun alike for the East Coast gang, the Bloods. Continuing gang life, Morris makes it through high school as an athlete, then, during his second year of college football, is named Black College All-American and first team All-American for all-purpose offensive yards. The NFL loomed. But he continued his gangster life, and ended up facing a 25-year prison sentence for attempted murder. The telling points of Morris’ tough narrative aren’t in the stereotypes (shockingly gruesome and, at times, oddly sexy), but in the sensitivity and intelligence of the characters. The gang episodes are interlaced with amazingly normal day-to-day events, creating a disturbingly morbid reality. A survivor, Morris is a smart writer who reveals the haunting aspects of gang life. --Mark Eleveld --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I encourage anyone that has read this book, or is thinking about it to look him up and see the great things he's been doing.
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This is the REAL DEAL, somewhat hardcore life story of an individual that will hopefully inspire others in a positive way.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Fowler TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 13, 2008
Format: Hardcover
His mother's absence made him utterly miserable. The age of nine can be a critical one for a young boy. It's make or break time and for Dashuan, who already felt like no one could or would ever love him, it was break time. Dashuan, later dubbed "Jiwe," was ready to join the real world, the world of the violent, the world of the Bloods . . . a world that would fully embrace him as a brother. It was love at first sight and for many young men like Jiwe, it was until death do us part . . . literally

The chrome Saturday night special with black electrical tape around the handle felt smooth in his ten-year-old hand, yet if he could harness his fear with a bit of electrical tape Jiwe might have gone for it. Soul and Q-Tip urged him on as he emptied the gun. Bodies of the Crips began to litter the ground. Later that night, as Dashuan "Jiwe" Morris related in his stunning memoir, WAR OF THE BLOODS IN MY VEINS: A Street Soldier's March Toward Redemption, something snapped in him. "The confusion of regret and acceptance gives me a throbbing headache. In time, I realize this night marks my first recorded separation from self." Jiwe was growing up, growing up hard. By the end of the fourth grade his best friend, eleven-year-old Tray, was killed in a drive-by shooting. Blood is thicker than water and Jiwe would go on to avenge this death and any other slight a thousand times over. It was war.

Jiwe was a full-fledged Blood gangbanger. Nobody could call him a pussy or even dare to, but the lifestyle took its toll. Lives were torn apart by his fists, his gun and his anger and he knew it. His chances of getting a college education and a chance a berth in the NFL became nil once that gun and anger reared its ugly head on campus.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A pros on May 21, 2012
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This book was surprisingly informative in a way most people won't expect. I developed a deep respect for the author and more insight on the Blood gang. I appreciated how the author allowed himself to be vulnerable so others could benefit. Much respect!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KeishaRene on November 19, 2013
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It's rare that I come across a book that holds my interest enough to finish it in one day! From cover to cover this book takes your mind to places you never imagined it could go. Jiwe's story is one that is not for the faint at heart, but it is one that needs to be told. I have been witness to the lives that he's changed from the book as well as the positive things he's done in the community since the book has been released. This isn't a "hood" book filled with scenarios easily recognized from urban movies, it makes you think, it makes you want to be a better person, it makes you want to reach out the those deemed as unreachable. I can honestly say that my heart was softened and I am able to understand things better about people in my life and I know know how to help them. I appreciate Jiwe for letting us into his life. I encourage anyone that has read this book, or is thinking about it to look him up and see the great things he's been doing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Leah E. Pearlman on November 14, 2013
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This book pours straight from the heart. A man baring his truth so fully, courageously and vulnerably, for the sake of allowing us inside, to feel the depth of the pain that is swirling in, around, and through all of us. My eyes are opened, my heart is heavy, and most if all, I'm in awe of jiwe, who experienced all this, and then totally turned his life around. Deep, deep bow of respect.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By juice on August 27, 2013
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Rercame to find that this book with something that I wanted to read all because I happen to catch the documentary called Brick City in which the author of this book or should I say the person at this book is about happen to be a member of the documentary I have to say I was thoroughly impressed by the transition of the guy that I saw on television and the person I read about in the book. I feel more people like Jiwe need to step up and learn how to change and become someone who can actually help out to use coming from his perspective this so many people lost in the game life and it's causing more more devastation throughout the country. I come from New Jersey so I know what it's like in the city but I didn't know it was like exactly in Newark but this book give me a perspective of what it was like to be somebody who was just lost in trying to find themselves
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brendan McMahon on December 4, 2012
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This book was amazing. I've always enjoyed true crime novels (mainly organized crime) and this gang based book was "right on the money" as they say. I loved how his writing tends to almost "paint a portrait" for you so the reader could actually mentally picture the situations he was in and also a lot of the things that he was faced with. I thought I knew a lot about gang life just by the number of books I've read, but in the beginning of his book he explains the code and gang lingo they would use so I found that to be very helpful. I couldn't put this book down, it's a must read!

I highly recommend this book whether you have a strong interest in true crime or not. There isn't much profanity nor is it a real gory type of read. It's a mix of a simple story with some interesting facts and somewhat entertainment as well. Dashaun Morris really is a special person to in a way, re-consider on how life could be lived. It just goes to show how one could make a decision to certain things, but it takes a few years or a specific amount of arrests or a certain number of "rough" situations to actually decide that maybe gang life isn't the only answer. This is the REAL DEAL, somewhat hardcore life story of an individual that will hopefully inspire others in a positive way. I live in New Jersey and I can relate to some of the things he discusses. NYC isn't far from me nor is Newark or Trenton. There are gangs everywhere.
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