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Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead: The Frank Meeink Story as Told to Jody M. Roy, Ph.D. Paperback – March 16, 2010
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My first thought was, "Wow. I've led a pretty sheltered life." I've never thought that before. I've had a much more diverse life than the vast majority of people I know, but it's no comparison to what I read about Frank's life.
I especially recommend this to anyone who works with youth at risk. When I worked as a counselor and teacher I talked to hundreds of kids who had been through similar things and read every article and book I could find to give me insight to their world. Before reading this, the best picture I had came from reading "Monster: The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member", by Sanyika Shakur. But it merely scratches the surface when compared to the depth of "Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead". The strength of this book is that he accomplishes what I always implored my students to do: Frank "shows", instead of "tells". He doesn't have to say, "I became a skinhead because..." or "I drank because...". He paints such a vivid picture of his life that you don't have to ask why, you know why.
Do be aware that it is very vivid. I definitely would not recommend this to someone who doesn't have the maturity to handle the truth of violence and addiction. Frank doesn't candy coat anything.Read more ›
This is the best memoir I've read in a long time. Highly recommend. I expect this book is going to do really well. I'm proud to be the first reviewer.
This is not a book about blame or excuses. Frank's difficult early life is described in detail, but like any great memoir, we are never asked to excuse anything because of it. I am absolutely in awe of Frank and what he's become despite where he's been. This book should become standard curriculum for any course studying gangs or hate groups.
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I first read Frankie's book about four years ago. We both have a lot of similarities in our backgrounds and I have come to look to him as a mentor and someone I can look to for... Read morePublished 4 months ago by William Bailey
This is a brutally honest, disturbing, yet powerful story about transformation. Frank's story offers me great hope in knowing that we, as humans, do have the capacity to... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Shari Miller
Great book. Tough subject but his transformation makes it a good read .Published 7 months ago by Vic
Very fast delivery. I loved the movie "American History X" and I had heard that the book was about the guy, Frank Meeink, that this book was written about. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Theresa Reardon
I knocked this book out within hours. Definitely one of those you cannot simply bookmark and come back to. I was anchored from cover to cover. What a truly amazing read! Read morePublished 12 months ago by Michael + Viktoriya
load of bulls*** American skinhead no such thing just wankersPublished 12 months ago by paul derek reader
Ordered with fast shipping and was kind of nervous the book would get damaged because of it but it's great.Published 12 months ago by Kori Covault