first covered in Freakonomics, Venkatesh is a grad student who wandered into a top Chicago crack gang and then ended up covering their story over seven years. incisively written, a good ending, and nice unity of prose.
knew a u/chicago guy who once allowed a gang member to sleep over in the lounge first month of freshman year and was forever ostracized by his classmates as a result. guess chicago just breeds this mindset, who knows. eventually the guy transferred universities and became a bond salesman.
a lot of the critiques of this work are quite interesting and worth a look, but just seen as a narration, the story is riveting and covers much ground. how could any one book cover everything in the entire universe? some of the critics here seem to expect the entire history of man. like the main reviewer on this work (surprisingly) just makes a laundry list of everything that is not
included in the book, but then, a single volume can't include everything of course... I mean, Moby Dick didn't include trips to the moon and the End of History did not include 17th century ploughman's lunch and shepherd's pies.
Venkatesh, famously, is the guy who wandered into a projects high-rise and asked "how does it feel like to be black and poor?"