|Based on actual events, this soul-gripping tale is an account of survival in the urban jungle of Chicago, in the 1980s. While embarked on his own street-journey, Michael Scott enters a world in which a band of brothers are ...locked in a desperate engagement, an Alamo-like siege of their hood. Amidst turbulent conditions, the narrator gives us all a ticket to ride next to him on this roller coaster ride, with its twist and turns of horror and frustration, suspense and humor. Following in the tradition of profound gang tales such as "The Outsiders" and "West Side Story," this must-read book goes beneath the hardcore surface to show the struggle of the human spirit.See More||
"I've gone over the history on your page: very impressive. I also eagerly read Scott's Great American Youth and praised it in my last book, A World of Gangs. Your stress on identity makes lots of sense to me. This is a common theme among all the Chicago gangs," by U of Ill. Professor John Hagedorn, author of "A World of Gangs".
Amidst turbulent conditions, the narrator gives us all a ticket to ride next to him on this roller coaster ride, with its twist and turns of horror and frustration, suspense and humor. Following in the tradition of profound gang tales such as "The Outsiders" and "West Side Story," this must-read book goes beneath the hardcore surface to show the struggle of the human spirit. Order Great American Youth
Back in 1969 to about 1975 we took what we wanted as far as land. But our main stronghold was about Fullerton to Wrightwood, Hamlin to Central Park. We condensed our strength into this area. At times we had so many men that we split from the lot on Fullerton between Lawndale & Ridgeway, Lawndale & Altgeld, Ridgeway & Fullerton all on the same day or night. If anyone attacked us we had them trapped coming and going. Also, we had both bars on Fullerton & Lawndale. Lawndale is a one way going south so at the end of there drive attack we gave them hell.
There we found a crowd of guys gathering up by the alleyway, they had baseball bats, boards and other things collecting up or passing out. The Gaylords were pumped up and ready to go, no indication of fear just pure adrenaline. Quite a few guys were even testing their weapons on poles, gates and garbage cans!
Author and University of ILL. Professor John Hagedorn quotes "Great American Youth:" A world of gangs: armed young men and gangsta culture.
The GAYLORD book "Great American Youth" is available today. Order directly from the PUBLISHER'S WEBSITE, link provided: Order Great American Youth ! Or you can order it from Barnes and Noble or Amazon.com.
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A gang book reader Said this:
"Great American Youth" is a book in the same league with "The Outsiders", "Rumble Fish", and "The Wanderer". The difference is the realism. You cannot beat actual street knowledge. It shows the transition period between the greaser era and todays hybred gangs.
A Former Latino Gang Member From The Bronx Had This to Say:
"What up Gaylord. I just wanted to congradulate u on your book. It reminded me alot of my bloody life but in a different perspection..i noticed you used the word sp_c very loosely in the book, but I truly can relate i grew up hating the irish and italians in my bronx neighborhood as well.we both lived very similar life styles except im from nyc,,the south bronx..its funny to see it from your point of view. God bless my brother and thank God we made it .1 love & respect to a fellow warrior,they will never truly understand because sometimes i still have a problem with it. Peace main one.."
A Former Chicago Gang Member From The Bronx Had This to Say:
Just wanted to say I got my book the other day, I'm half way through it,and is by far one of the best books I have ead, Rocker puts the reader on the streets along side of him and the rest of the GayLords. Great job Rocker !!!!N.C.
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