I love this book because it is very gritty and raw. It is the story of a white lady (Laurie) working as a lecturer at the University of the West Indies during the 1980s. But she doesn't write about uptown, she writes about downtown gangs and the proliferation of the two political parties into what became known later as garrison communities. Dis lady fearless because she moves between some of the worst Ghettos of Kingston and New York. She interviews many notorious criminals and even spends countless days at a crack house in NYC. She calls names, even implies in the later chapters of the book that Bob Marley's assassination was carried out by known Tivoli Garden's Don Jim Brown and his associates. The reader is taken through the gutter with the author, you will be drawn into this book. You will even find yourself sympathizing with some of the real life characters. I was saddened towards the end when she revealed many of them had been killed. This book is real, its gripping, you will not want to put it down. The book is so good, my mother stole my original copy. I had a re-order a second book.
Great for the boojie Jamaican "who tink dem know but really have no idea".
About the Author
Laurie was born in Richmond, Virginia in 1949. She attended Boston University, but eventually flunked out. She then went on to attend The University of New Hampshire, where she finished her undergraduate degree in 1973 and earned a Master's Degree in history the following year. In 1974, she entered graduate school at Harvard University. She earned her doctorate in 1982.
By that time, she had begun spending long sojourns in the island of Jamaica. Laurie slowly became aware of the bitter reality that lay behind the island's paradisiacal façade-the poverty and violence which the vast majority of Jamaica's people suffered-and this awakening re-ignited the passion for justice that had been so much a part of her youth. She became determined to write an expose of Jamaica's brutal politicians and their secret symbiosis with the island's deadliest outlaws, whom they armed and paid to control the slums of Kingston. She moved to that city in 1984, spent two years there tracking these gangs, then came to New York City in 1987 to continue her research. Born Fi' Dead, was published by Henry Holt in 1995.
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