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Born Fi' Dead A Journey Through The Jamaican Posse Underworld

“gangsta” culture for a generation of angry sufferers in Jamaica American and England Laurie Gunst spent a decade moving with the possemen and Born Fi’ Dead is her uniue account of this netherworld the first to bring to life Jamaica’s international gangs A troubling book in that it tells the troubling story of Jamaica s violent history but it is also troubling for its perspec

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Of the ethnic gangs that rule America’s inner cities none has had the impact of the Jamaican posses Spawned in the ghettos of Kingston as mercenary street fighters for the island’s politicians the posses began migrating to the United States in the early 1980s The author obviously did a lot of research and seems to know the subject but that doesn t translate into a good book The na

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Just in time to catch and ride the crack wave as it engulfed the country Feared and honored for being “harder than the rest” they would lay claim to their new American territory with outlaw bravura and the raw dancehall music born of their world would define The tragedy of Jamaica From the slaughter of the Arawaks through the violence of colonialism replaced by an internalized


10 thoughts on “Born Fi' Dead A Journey Through The Jamaican Posse Underworld

  1. says:

    A confused mix of memoir participant observer journalism sociological study and political condemnation You get t

  2. says:

    Eat Pray Love meets Shottas I was initially surprised when I came upon the memoir tone of this book as I thought it would be one of those 'serious' sounding research pieces; then I realised that the light tone of the book took away the tedium t

  3. says:

    The author obviously did a lot of research and seems to know the subject but that doesn't translate into a good book The narrative is not coherent and the cast of characters is introduced and reintroduced and impossible to keep straight There is far too much repetition for such a short book and she doesn't actually have any kind of insight into Jamaican gang culture other than a strained attempt to connect it to Hollywood Westerns and ac

  4. says:

    A fantastic read about the source of New York's Jamaican gangs and the incredible violence of Kingston and Jamaica's political machine Everything in this book was so far outside my knowledge base that it was all a revelatio

  5. says:

    The author commits the cardinal sin of being excruciatingly DULL The book meanders and drifts before simply backtracking and repeating itself I cannot understand how a self respecting editor or publisher let this see the light of day It is a real shame as buried somewhere beneath the turgid prose is a great stor

  6. says:

    The tragedy of Jamaica  From the slaughter of the Arawaks through the violence of colonialism replaced by an internalized racism of lighter skin against darker all of this a backdrop to the proxy war waged for decades between two political parties and two men  Michael Manley and Edward Seaga  Manley and Seaga recruited impoverished kids to kill each other for crumbs from the politicians table and when fueled by cocaine most likely brough

  7. says:

    A troubling book in that it tells the troubling story of Jamaica's violent history but it is also troubling for its perspectiveThe author a white woman citizen of the US details in the book the book details how her and my own gover

  8. says:

    Great read for my first dive into Jamaica's history but the book seemed to lack organization I loved meeting some of the people that

  9. says:

    Good of an account of the author's experiences in Jamaica during the turmoil of the 70s 80s her time among the Jamaican posses in Brooklyn than an overview of the culture as a whole Though the book does incorporate a pared down look at the socio political origins of Jamaica's violence in the context of Jamaican history examines interesting elements of the PosseYardie culture Very readable

  10. says:

    I'm in the middle of this book now Really brings you into the Jamaican culture Shows you an inside view of what the government and gangs and

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