The Gangs of Los Angeles is a classic, real life account of American crime. From the early Tomato Gangs of 1890's Boyle Heights to the modern Crips and Mara Salvatrucha, with side trips through an Irish Dogtown, the gang wars of "Happy Valley", Sleepy Lagoon and the yellow journalism of the Hearst Press, and a tragic murder at Sunset and Vine, Dunn recounts the events and notorious denizens that spawned LA's gang subculture.
Praise for William Dunn's BOOT:
"BOOT uses Dunn's stint on the streets to make incisive and invaluable observations about the nation's troubled urban areas and their policing."
". Read BOOT by William Dunn for an honest, inside look at the world's most controversial police force."
-Joseph Wambaugh, author of Hollywood Station
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a book by an expert about a pretty confusing subject: street gangs. This book really sheds light on how they started in Los Angeles, and why they persist today. This is not a preachy book, but a journalistic view of the problem, one filled with anecdotes from the past. And best of all it is written by a veteran LAPD gang cop who has worked the streets and really understands it all. A recommendation for anyone interested in America's gang problem.
Gangs of Los Angeles is a factural history of the evolution of gangs in the 20th century. It bolsters and highlights the fact that gangs are a serious growing menace and that law enforcement efforts to eradicate gangs should be given top priority by our elected officials. Carl Fischer