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Gang Leader for a Day

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The story of the young sociologist who studied a Chicago crack-dealing gang from the inside captured the world's attention when it was first described in Freakonomics. Gang Leader for a Day is the fascinating full story of how Sudhir Venkatesh managed to gain entree into the gang, what he learned, and how his method revolutionized the academic establishment.



  • I really liked this book from beginning to end. The author takes us on an unexpected journey into the realities of life in the Chicago Projects. It reveals a world where the lines between good and bad, friends and enemies, are much more intricate than we tend to believe. The author refrains from offering any definitive answers or solutions, instead offering a unique glimpse into a way of life that is completely unfamiliar to most Americans. I highly recommend it to sociology students as essential reading.
  • The content of this book is top-notch. It explores a truly captivating subject matter. However, the way it is narrated is absolutely dreadful and it significantly diminishes the overall worth of this book.
  • I was really pumped to get my hands on this book! I spent around 5 years in Chicago and taught on the West side for a solid 2 years. I saw firsthand the impact on the gangs after the demolition of the housing projects. Sadly, the narrator was simply too off-putting. I couldn't move past the fact that JT, a black gang leader, sounded like some white actor from the 1940s Hollywood era. It totally wrecked the mental image I had created. I'm not throwing in the towel on the book though—I might just opt to read it instead of listening to it.
  • Being a huge fan of the Freakonomics duo, I was really excited to get my hands on this book. The plot was captivating and the characters were incredibly compelling. However, as the story unfolded, it took a turn and started resembling a modern-day "Lord of the Flies," showcasing how each individual in the housing project wielded their arbitrary power over others. The ending felt rather abrupt, leaving me yearning for some insightful sociological conclusions from the author. Unfortunately, I didn't get the impression that the author gained any valuable insights from the experiences he painstakingly described in the book, other than what was already covered in Freakonomics regarding the economics of gang life. On a production note, I believe the author should have narrated the entire book instead of just the final chapter, and the inclusion of musical interludes between chapters seemed quite strange.
  • I really liked the way the author approached the subject in "Gang Leader for a Day". The study felt refreshing and straightforward. The only thing I would suggest is getting rid of the corny music that randomly pops up.
  • I deducted two stars from my performance rating for "Gang Leader for a Day" because of the annoying introductory music in each chapter. Can we please eliminate those unnecessary musical pieces?