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A compelling and honest story,
This review is from: The Riot Within: My Journey from Rebellion to Redemption (Hardcover)
After living through all this in LA and hearing about Rodney's troubles with the law over the years, I didn't think the book would have many surprises, but it does. There's bribes by the mayor, racial remarks by the cops, and lots of manipulation and greed from his attorneys. The chapters on Rodney's father's abuse and the beating at the hands of the LAPD are brutal. It is a compelling read.
In addition to the narrative, I really liked the honesty of this book. In a world where everyone seems to be padding their resume, sugar-coating the truth, and trying to look good to get on a reality tv show, this is an honest, 'warts and all' story. Rodney King doesn't try to look good or bad - he comes off as a normal guy who got dragged into an extra-ordinary situation, and he tells it like it is without posturing or positioning himself. Co-writer Lawrence Spagnola must have won over his trust because King really opens up about his alcoholism and the sad way he keeps messing up. Rodney seems to be using the book to say he intends to clean up his life. I hope so, he deserves better than the cards life has dealt him so far. Only time will tell...