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Audible RSS Feeds - New York Times Best Sellers. New York Times Best Sellers. New York Times Best Sellers-The story of the young sociologist who studied a Chicago crack-dealing gang from the inside captured the worlds attention when it was first described in iFreakonomicsi. iGang Leader for a Dayi is the fascinating full story of how Sudhir Venkatest managed to gain entree into the gang, what he learned, and how his method revolutionized the academic establishment.pWhen Venkatesh walked into an abandoned building in one of Chicagos most notorious housing projects, he was looking for people to take a multiple-choice survey on urban poverty. A first-year grad student hoping to impress his professors with his boldness, he never imagined that as a result of the assignment he would befriend a gang leader named JT and spend the better part of a decade inside the projects under JTs protection, documenting what he saw there.pOver the next seven years, Venkatesh got to know the neighborhood dealers, crackheads, squatters, prostitutes, pimps, activists, cops, organizers, and officials. From his privileged position of unprecedented access, he observed JT and the rest of the gang as they operated their crack-selling business, conducted PR within their community, and rose up or fell within the ranks of the gangs complex organizational structure.pIn Hollywood speak, iGang Leader for a Dayi is iThe Wirei meets the University of Chicago. Its a brazen and fundamentally honest view into the morally ambiguous, highly intricate, often corrupt struggle to survive in what is tantamount to an urban war zone. It is also the story of a complicated friendship between Sudhir and JT: two young and ambitious men a universe apart.

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