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"Riveting." --The New York Times

"Compelling... dramatic... Venkatesh gives readers a window into a way of life that few Americans understand." --Newsweek

"An eye-opening account into an underserved city within the city." --Chicago Tribune

"The achievement of Gang Leader for a Day is to give the dry statistics a raw, beating heart." --The Boston Globe

"A rich portrait of the urban poor, drawn not from statistics but from viivd tales of their lives and his, and how they intertwined." --The Economist

"A sensitive, sympathetic, unpatronizing portrayal of lives that are ususally ignored or lumped into ill-defined stereotype." --Finanical Times

About the Author

With a PhD in Sociology from the Chicago University, Sudhir Venkatesh is a Junior Fellow at the Harvard University. He was the recipient of the NSF Career award in 2000. The Economist gave him the award of Best Book for his title, Gang Leader For A Day. It is now being translated into a host of languages from Chinese to Portuguese. Among his other works are The Underground Economy Of The Urban Poor and American Project: The Rise And Fall Of A Modern Ghetto. He has written for the New York Times, Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune.

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  • Reading level: 18+ years
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (30 December 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014311493X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143114932
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #57,108 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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