Born Fi’ Dead has ratings and 16 reviews. Thorne said: A confused Born Fi ‘ Dead: A Journey Through The Jamaican Posse Underworld Laurie Gunst. Born Fi’ Dead: A Journey Through the Jamaican Posse Underworld. Laurie Gunst , Author Henry Holt & Company $23 (p) ISBN Among 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.

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The author obviously did a lot of research and seems to know the subject but that doesn’t translate into a good book. This book’s title comes from larie anonymous poem and refers to the high odds of violent death among Jamaican gang members.

Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. The structure of the book keeps things interesting as well — personal heartbreaking stories, history, political reporting. Michael Manley and Edward Seaga. Jul 17, Ray rated it really liked it. The Anatomy of a Posse. The writing style of making the author present in the presenttion of historial facts and the gathering of evidence help keep the reader interest.

Born Fi’ Dead: A Journey Through The Jamaican Posse Underworld

Knowing that there is cause to empathise does not assuage my hate. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Zoom rated it really liked it Dec 27, Just a moment while we sign you bron to your Goodreads account.

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Gunty’s book is remarkable for catching the humanity – the desperation and lost opportunities of the “sufferers” – the poorest of the poor. Gunst has written about, and was also banned by the Prime Minister at the time from being aired on national television censorship at its best!!! Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Jun 21, Thorne Clark rated it did not like it. Feared and honoured for being “harder than the rest”, these Jamaican cocaine syndicates laid claim to their new American, and subsequently British, territories with outlaw bravura and a ruthlessness that was immortalized in song; the raw dance hall music born of their world defined “gangsta” culture for a generation of angry sufferers in Jamaica, America and Britain.


Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If there was nobody else to tell the story of political and drug violence in Jamaica, this book would be better than nothing. Errol Black-jones rated it really liked it Jul 03, Overall, a fascinating subject compromised b The author obviously did a lot of research and seems to know the subject but that doesn’t translate into a good book.

Sharon rated it liked it Dec 31, The voices of the young soldiers go unheard, silenced early in life by the guns that both distinguish and destroy their lives. The1Essence The1Essence rated it it was amazing Jun 18, Drawn to the posses by their fusion of Wild West fantasy and brutal reality, Laurie Gunst spent a decade moving with the gang members between Jamaica and America. Contents From Babylon to Brooklyn. There’s a problem loading this menu right now.

Having read the book, it has answered a lot of questions as to why the Jamaican social and political landscape is as it is today, and why Jamaican society has emerged as one that is caught up on a culture of violence, something that the political leaders are now trying to change.

Jul 24, Matteo rated it liked it Shelves: Of also interesting note, is that at the time this book was released the BBC did a documentary in Jamaica called The Yardies, which independently confirmed what Ms.

A fantastic read about the source of New York’s Jamaican gangs — and the incredible violence of Kingston and Jamaica’s political machine. The author, a white woman, citizen of the US, details in the book the book details how her and my own government has played a central role in the devastation of Jamaica, and the crushing of its hopes after independence, by ostracizing the democratic socialism of Michael Manley and supporting the white drug runner, union-buster, export-processing-zone-creator, vio A troubling book – in that it tells the troubling story of Jamaica’s violent history, but it is also troubling for its perspective.


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Others tell of the political hands behind the cocaine trade that began to devastate the island in the s. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. But I have heard the acurracy has been questioned.

Published March 15th by Holt Paperbacks first published March 1st Great read for my first dive into Jamaica’s history, but the book seemed to lack organization. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Blood for Blood Fire for Fire.

Books by Laurie Gunst. Lisa H rated it really liked it Jan 04, And whilst I generally abhor and avoid addenda to books, I actually read the afterward but not yet the introduction and found it very touching; it really brought the whole concept of the book togethe Eat, Pray, Love meets Shottas. To ask other readers questions about Born Fi’ Deadplease sign up.

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