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To many in the age of Obama, America had succeeded in "going beyond race", putting the divisions of the past behind us. And then 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot by a wannabe cop in Florida; and then 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri; and then Baltimore blew up; and then gunfire shattered a prayer meeting at a church in Charleston, South Carolina. Suddenly the entire country awakened to a stark fact: African Americans - particularly young black men - are an endangered species.

Now the country's urban war zone is brought powerfully to life by a rising young literary talent, D. Watkins. The author fought his way up on the east side (the "beast side") of Baltimore, Maryland - or "Bodymore, Murderland" as his friends call it - surviving murderous business rivals in the drug trade and equally predatory lawmen. Throughout it all, he pursued his education, earning a master's degree from Johns Hopkins University, while staying rooted in his community. When black residents of Baltimore finally decided they had had enough - after the brutal killing of 25-year-old Freddie Gray while in police custody - Watkins was on the streets when the city erupted. He writes about his bleeding hometown with the razor-sharp insights of someone who bleeds along with it. Here are true dispatches from the other side of America.

©2015 D. Watkins (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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  • rg
  • 17-10-17

BeastSide, BestSide

i really enjoyed this. "D" was very open with his life and included many aspects of current events. He not only came across as culturally knowledgeable but as an authority- an academician with real experience to affect our world in a significant way.

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  • Jennifer
  • 03-05-17

Real talk

Great analysis and perspective on what's happening. Some overlaps from your other book but that's ok. Just wish you would have narrated. Would have made a stronger impact. Thanks for what you bring.