- Paperback: 356 pages
- Publisher: Phoenix Publishing Corporation (August 15, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0970886020
- ISBN-13: 978-0970886026
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
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"Anatomy of a Hustle" tells the story of Clinton and Carl Galloway as they enter the bidding process to be awarded the Cable TV rights to South Central L.A. Their bid is derailed by the corruption that prevails in the L.A. Mayors office and in the halls of the L.A City Council Chambers. Of all the bidding groups only the Galloway group has the financing to build the system but they are not members of the "Good Old Boy" network that pump money into the campaign coffers of those who will decide the franchise winners.
In order to prevent the Galloways from being awarded the franchise all the rules change: the bid submission date changes, the financing rules change, the application process changes. All the the changes are made to accommodates bidders more favorable to Bradley and his political cronies.
The leadership of Department of Transportation(DOT) which is in charge of the selection process even tries to force the Galloways to accept unwanted partners that would guarantee their bid to their detriment. The Galloways would be forced to give up controlling interest of their company even though theirs is the group putting up all the funding. The Galloways refuse.
As another under funded group wins the franchise the Galloways prepare for a lawsuit and eventually end up at the US Supreme Court.
It will take over 15 years for a cable system to be installed in South Central at the wasted cost of millions of private and tax payer dollars.
In the process of this book we see corruption on all levels of Government. The strength and courage it has taken to write this book is amazing. The Galloways even expose the Democratic Party and show how little it has actually done for its African-American constituents. "Black on Black" racism is exposed and the degradation of South Central L.A. is linked to power hunger, money grabbing, uncaring politicians who look out only for themselves. The Gallowys are truly unknown national heroes.
As a resident of suburban Detroit I see this same corruption displayed by the Detroit City Council and unethical Mayors such as Kwame Kilpatrick. Their failure to do what is right has kld to the deterioration of Detroit. Just as the failure of politicians in L.A. has led to the downward spiral of economic growth, employment opportunities, and educational improvement in South Central L.A.
I would like to thank Clinton Galloway for authoring this book and Marc Cole along with the First-Read program for giving me the chance to read "Anatomy of a Hustle". This is one of the best non-fiction books I have ever read. A real eye-opener. A MUST READ!!!!! I would give it 10 star if I could. So I will. **********
This brings to life their quest for righteousness; fairness and their constant struggle for those in power to just “do the right thing”.
My hat’s off to Clinton and Carl for their continued perseverance, tenacity to meet the seemingly unbeatable challenges and continuously jump through hoops, day after day, month after month, year after year.
I congratulate Clinton Galloway for his steadfastness in recounting (what became) his life changing story. It is truly unfortunate that this is NOT a fiction!
The saga is told in poignant chilling details that not only puts the reader in the room, but also in the emotional seat of the author/victim, Clinton Galloway. Mr. Galloway is superb in recounting years of countless unethical, improper and illegal bribes, camouflaged as valid proposals by evil, mean-spirited, immoral, greedy and shameless men. He recounted endless meetings called for nothing but another opportunity to push the agenda they didn’t achieve at the last meeting; and it typically called for even more dastard deeds. Anatomy revealed the underbelly of a corrupt culture perpetrated by men who betrayed every tenet of decency and justice. There are many books on political corruption, but none have taken you to the place Anatomy takes you: a front row seat, deep into the recesses of tyranny. For those who were living in Los Angeles at the time, you feel an even greater betrayal by those sworn to serve and protect the community.
The poor conditions, the retarded growth and the lack of parity with other communities of South Central L. A. that continues to exist today, is well documented. Many observers blame the situation on those who burned and looted their own neighborhood. Nothing the looters did or could have done equals the rape of the resources of the community, committed for purely invidious personal gain, by the elected and appointed officials described in this must read book: Anatomy: of a Hustle.