I’ve just finished reading this. It’s a really fantastic look into the poor black communities that end up policing and taking care of themselves. It makes you understand why things are so horrendous and why there are no quick fixes in the ‘hood.
Sudhir Venkatesh infiltrates a gang and sees things from all sides of the line. It is a bittersweet adventure as you feel empathy for people you never thought you would.
If you have any interest in sociology, I really recommend this book.