Gang Leader for a Day by Sudhir Venkatesh (Paperback, 2009)
Sudhir Venkatesh the young sociologist who became famous in Freakonomics (Why do drug dealers still live with their moms?) describes his time living with the gangs on the Southside of Chicago and answers another question what's it like to live in hell?In the Robert Taylor Homes projects on Chicago's South Side Sudhir befriends JT a gang leader for the Black Kings As he slowly gains JT's trust one day in order to convince Sudhir of his own CEO-like qualities JT makes him leader of the gang Why does JT make his henchmen the 'shorties' stay in school? What is the difference between a 'regular' hustler and a 'hype' - and is Peanut telling him the truth about which she is? And when the FBI finally starts cracking down on the Black Kings is it time to get out - or is it too late?