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Book Title: No Matter How Loud I Shout|
The author of the book: Edward Humes
Edition: Turtleback Books
Date of issue: May 7th 1997
ISBN 13: 9780613022163
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Reader ratings: 3.2
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 599 KB
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This book was a standout example of how an interesting subject could be made text-book dry by repetition. If Humes has a point to make he makes it, he gives an often uninteresting example of some poor sad or joyfully psychotic kid who has turned to crime and violence either because they know no better (family make prison their second home) or because they really rather enjoy the criminal life style. He then makes the point again and again until my eyes glazed over and I didn't even know I was skimming.
The judge, Dorn, he goes on about likes to think he is the man who runs the system, he's only one judge, but the one whose courtroom Humes sat in. The cases he chooses as examples are only really interesting when they deviate from the norm. Like the high-achieving middle class school girl who can't see that drive-by shootings (which she likes) aren't murder, 'because you can't see if anyone was shot and you don't know who the victim is.' I've just watched too many documentaries about kids who turn to gangs because they are like a family to them.
They aren't though. There are so many myths about gangs. Like you can never leave them. Apparently gangs have an average turnover rate of 36% per annum and must continually recruit youngsters for entry level gang bangers in order to keep their numbers up.
Gangs(view spoiler)[ Of course some of this 36% are dead, victims of other gangs, which is only fair or incarcerated, which is generally fair too. Or pregnant girls that decide to face up to their responsibilities. This is especially so in Latino gangs who don't ever use birth control and have a lot of respect for pregnant women). They don't act like the mummy and daddy who don't give you love, they only promise you riches and drugs beyond your wildest dreams. In reality you will sell drugs for a pittance for those who 'supervise' you and substitute pride in your gang membership for the luxuries you were promised. (hide spoiler)]
There were a couple of sad stories. Like the boy, almost 16, who got pissed off with his employers and shot them up in their car and stole their money. He told the police he loved his employers but was fed up with being told off for being late and needed the money. As was 10 days off being 16 he was a minor and would get a maximum of 8 years in some juvenile institution when he would be released to unleash a psychotic reign of crime no doubt. Sad for us.
The other really sad one was a kid who was induced (or so he said) to go along on a robbery of a convenience store. He had a gun. His friend was the one in charge and he held up the proprietor with his gun. From the back of the shop came one of the proprietor's employees/family (I forget) and shot dead the kid with the gun. The one who didn't shoot confessed everything to the police and was charged with murder because it happened in the commission of a crime of which he was guilty although he never fired a single shot. He will go to prison for life without parole. Sad for him.
What is a system that has no discretionary powers but must follow the law to the letter and help neither those that could be rehabilitated nor protect us from violence? It's broken is what.
It's broken is what, was repeated in many different ways but that is the short version. So ultimately I have to say, the book had an interesting subject and was well-written. If it had been edited to half its size it would have been more interesting and readable. 2.5 stars rounded up.
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Read information about the authorEdward Humes, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, is the author of nine books of nonfiction, most recently, Monkey Girl: Evolution, Education, Religion, and the Battle for Americas Soul and Over Here: How the G.I. Bill Transformed the American Dream. His next book, "Eco Barons: The Dreamers, Schemers, and Millionaires Who Are Saving Our Planet," will be out next year."
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