Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence in America

Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence in America

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Long before the avalanche of praise for his work—from Oprah Winfrey, from President Bill Clinton, from President Barack Obama—long before he became known for his talk show appearances, Members Project spots, and documentaries like Waiting for "Superman", Geoffrey Canada was a small boy growing up scared on the mean streets of the South Bronx. His childhood world was one where "sidewalk boys" learned the codes of the block and were ranked through the rituals of fist, stick, and knife. Then the streets changed, and the stakes got even higher. In his candid and riveting memoir, Canada relives a childhood in which violence stalked every street corner.

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ISBN-13: 9781511399029
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 05/03/2016
Edition description: Unabridged

About the Author

Geoffrey Canada is president of the Rheedlen Centers for Children and Families in New York City. He is the recipient of a 1995 Heinz Foundation Award and a Parents Magazine Award for his work in child advocacy, and he is author of Fist Stick Knife Gun (Beacon/paperback/0-8070-0423-5/$12.00).

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Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence in America 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
livebug on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fist Stick Knife Gun is a fascinating personal graphic memoir of an extremely interesting person. The importance of violence, status and street cred in the South Bronx at even early elementary grades was saddening, but even more troubling was the transition from the street fights ("fists") to the weapons of today. The motivations are the same but the tools are far more lethal these days. I know of Geoffrey Canada through the Harlem Children's Project and this gave new insight to his mission in a very readable format. The art is perfectly suited to the subject matter. Definitely recommended.
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If you have a passion for stopping violence among youngsters in the world, this book is for you. Geoffrey Canada is great at expalining the problem of violence and giving real life examples. Even if you aren't looking to change the world it's important to be aware of the rate of violence in this country. When you are in a situation in life, whether it be at school, work, or just on the street, and if you have read this book, it will help you out a lot. It teaches you not to fight just to fight-- but to fight only if you are in danger of losing your life. It makes you aware of the violence in this world, especially in the south Bronx. You get blown away by the information given to you about weapons that 10 year olds are using. You are astounded by the affect a gun can have on you if you are just carrying it around. This book made me aware of what is going on in the country at this time, which is very important for people to know. Without this valid information, you cannot have Canada's stories in your mind to remember when you are in a situation like his (God forbid). But with his stories having been read, you are prepared (not with weapons) but with knowledge of what to do if you are in an iffy area in the south Bronx (or any place in the world). So read this book, it is for your own good. (If you get inspired, which you probably will, it is also for the good of the kids that are living through the hell right now).