Book Review & Giveaway – Homeboy’s Soul: Pride, Terror, and Street Justice in America

About the BookHomeboy’s Soul: Pride, Terror, and Street Justice in America (Publish America) invites readers into the bizarre and deadly lifestyle of gangbanging in the barrios of East Los Angeles during the 70’s through 90’s.  Written by Don Armijo and Fred Stawitz, this is the story of Armijo’s rise to power within one of East L.A.’s most violent street gangs, Calle Doce Los Sharkies.  Minus the usual hype and sensationalism, this provocative tale invites readers into one of the most misunderstood lifestyles in America and delves into the private thoughts, doubts and fears of a normal Chicano ‘kid turned killer’ with its inside look into what life in the world of gangbangers is really all about.

Inspired to write Homeboy’s Soul as a way to reveal the truth about the influences that shaped the barrios of East L.A., Armijo provides answers to why Chicano youth are easily attracted to the homeboy’s lifestyle and ultimately gang warfare.  Homeboy’s Soul is a chilling account of how Armijo lived as a gang member, killed as a gang member, and wound up in jail where he experienced a personal transformation.

Homeboy’s Soul neither blames nor defends barrio youth for their decisions, but rather provides a basis for understanding the culture and influences that lead them to the choices they make.  Armijo and Stawitz take the reader on an amazing journey through the darker side of human nature.  Cruise the barrio with a true vato loco.  Face the deadly consequences of a movida on a rival gang.  Share the private thoughts and fears of a real-life Chicano youngster.  Experience the love and mistrust, the terror and boredom and, ultimately, the sense of hopelessness that there will be no bright tomorrow at the end of all the violence.

Don Armijo does not have a formal education nor does he have professional credentials, but growing up in the barrio and becoming a high-ranking soldier in one of East L.A.’s most violent street gangs gives him the credibility to tell this story.  Now those caught up in the gangbanging, or those considering it, have no more excuses – Don is living proof that they, too, have the power to choose right over wrong!Homeboy’s Soul helps readers to realize that each of us has an impact on our world, for better or worse, through the choices we make and by taking responsibility for the consequences of our actions.  Don Armijo has made peace with his past and has dedicated himself to helping youth at risk find their path to a brighter future.
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My Take on The Book
More and more today youth are being drawn into the culture and violend of gangs. Whether it be in inner cities or suburbia, gangs are a reality. Unfortunately, individual gang members are not always willing to step foward to take a stand against the gangs that take care of so many.

This book gives parents a great resource and ammunition to assist hem with dealing with the crisis that can take over in their homes when dealing with the gangs that their children are introduced to.

I have seen some gang signs in our city, but do not believe that it is as prevalent here as it is in other metropolitan areas.

All-in-al this game me a great understanding of Gangs today and what I can or cannot do as a parent to safeguard my children.


How would you like to win a copy of these books for yourself? I will be giving away a copy of the book to a lucky reader! All you need to do is let me know why you would have an interest in this books to be considered. The contest will run for one week and will end on May 1, 2010.
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