Redemption, From Original Gangster to Nobel Prize Nominee: From Original Gangster to Nobel Prize Nominee - The Extraordinary Life Story of Stanley Tookie Williams Paperback – 1 Nov 2004
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'He inspired me to want to do something positive with my life.' -- Snoop Dogg
'The extraordinary story of how the biggest gang of all was born
and of its founder's bloody journey to renunciation.'
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The story of Stanley Tookie Williams is just such an example. Undergoing a self exploration while waiting years for his death penalty to be put into effect he educates himself and transforms his mental attitude and begins to do astonishing work in prison resulting in his nomination for the Nobel prize.None of this transformation results in a lessening of his sentence and is a poignant reminder that there seldom is any justice in taking the life of a criminal no matter how heinous the original crimes are. We all move on in time and in the case of certain criminals they either harden in their attitude or as in the case of Tookie they endeavour to make themselves reintegratable.
This book opens up so many debates about the difficult subject of crime and punishment and the futility of the outdated systems of punishment that still exist today in so-called modern and enlightened societies. It may be easy for most of us to be armchair activists, however Tookie Williams takes us into the real life atmosphere of the criminal prison and the pressures and difficulties that are constantly on an inmate to maintain a criminal attitude. Tookie fought against all odds and this is the record of those struggles which make inspiring reading but with little hope for the future of criminal detention centres and for the debate surrounding the death penalty. Let's hope that one day Tookie can make that all important difference!
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State the book was recieved in was not great. To say the book was new there were creases on the back cover that ran the hright of the book and creases on spine.Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
Im going to start of by saying i got this book of my cousens mum and has it for a mouth and I really got so possed by it from his early days as a child to his rise to become one... Read morePublished 21 months ago by junior