Fist Stick Knife Gun

Fist Stick Knife Gun

Geoffrey Canada / Jan 20, 2020

Fist Stick Knife Gun A new edition including the story of the founding of the Harlem Children s Zone Long before the avalanche of praise for his work from Oprah Winfrey from President Bill Clinton from President Barack

  • Title: Fist Stick Knife Gun
  • Author: Geoffrey Canada
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 253
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • A new edition, including the story of the founding of the Harlem Children s Zone Long before the avalanche of praise for his work from Oprah Winfrey, from President Bill Clinton, from President Barack Obama long before he became known for his talk show appearances, Members Project spots, and documentaries like Waiting for Superman , Geoffrey Canada was a small boy growiA new edition, including the story of the founding of the Harlem Children s Zone Long before the avalanche of praise for his work from Oprah Winfrey, from President Bill Clinton, from President Barack Obama long before he became known for his talk show appearances, Members Project spots, and documentaries like Waiting for Superman , Geoffrey Canada was a small boy growing up scared on the mean streets of the South Bronx His childhood world was one where sidewalk boys learned the codes of the block and were ranked through the rituals of fist, stick, and knife Then the streets changed, and the stakes got even higher In his candid and riveting memoir, Canada relives a childhood in which violence stalked every street corner.

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      • Geoffrey Canada

        Geoffrey Canada is an African American social activist He is the author of Fist Stick Knife Gun A Personal History of Violence in America Since 1990, Canada has been president and CEO of the Harlem Children s Zone in Harlem, New York.He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bowdoin College and a Master s degree in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.


    1. Steven Levitt gave this book high praise when the Freakonomics podcast did an episode on gun control, calling it, “One of the best books I’ve ever read.” Well, I wouldn’t go that far, but it is a moving call to action on the issues of urban poverty and violence. It’s written as a personal memoir, so author Geoffrey Canada describes his own childhood in the South Bronx and the formative lessons he got about fighting. “Killers are made,” he argues. Sometimes they’re made in an army [...]

    2. Fist stick knife gun honestly was a 5 . The book was a NON-FICTION classic . I actually enjoyed reading the book alot . The book spoke about actual problems happening throughout the whole united states not just in New York city . In forming all the people in the world now all the violence he grew up in . Showing them that it was not good ol ' happy times . That people's familys actually suffered from the violence in the streets . How geoffrey went from being a innocent little kid to fighting wit [...]

    3. Moving, touching and inspiring. Explains the culture of violence in inner-city America, not trying to excuse it. The author has dedicated his life to trying to change that culture in a neighborhood. Will he succeed on a larger scale? I fear not, but knowing that someone who has been there is still there acting with love makes a beacon. More personal than sociological. A good companion piece to Kenneth Bancroft Clark's earlier Dark Ghetto: Dilemmas of Social Power and Claude Brown's Manchild in t [...]

    4. Geoffrey Canada's story is vivid. He remembers his childhood so well, describes it in great detail, and Jamar Nicholas' illustrations really bring it to life. This story, about Canada's integration into a violent urban life, is heartbreaking, but I couldn't stop reading. It's a great personal story of The Code of the Street. I honestly think the epilogue does not serve the story well. It pushes the book into didactic, instead of letting Canada's experiences speak for themselves. But I really app [...]

    5. Part autobiography and part sociological study, this book is a fast read but is memorable. The themes of this book, poverty, racism, violence, education, are deep and resonate. But it is the writing, the humor, the clear thought and honesty that make the book a great read, and drive home the more important points. Outside of being a good writer though, Geoffrey Canada is a real hero who is using innovative solutions to address very difficult inner-city problems.

    6. This book should be required reading for all Americans. Geoffrey Canada has not only written a coming of age story about a gifted child growing up in the ghetto but he also has a clear outline of ideas that will help reduce the violence children face today. Geoffrey Canada survived a rough and tumble childhood, but even he was shocked when the drug trade switched over to crack and guns replaced fists and knives. Suddenly the rules of conduct no longer mattered. Guns allowed everyone to suddenly [...]

    7. Hey,TGIF! I love to read graphic novels for many reasons, one of them is to chill and relax after a long, pleasant week of reading seriously good novels. One of my daughters told me about Jamar Nicholas, she has an interest in art, so I checked him out. This is one serious read about life and learning some hard lessons, no matter where you come from. Check out what is between the covers:“Long before President Barack Obama praised his work as “an all-encompassing, all-hands-on-deck anti-pover [...]

    8. My book club chose this book in part because of its length: short. Sadly, I only finished half of it in time for the book club, mostly because I was fussing around with other books and didn't start it until a day or so before. I finally finished it, several weeks later. I enjoyed it, and it was interesting, mostly because I am a Wire fan (no spoilers, still haven't seen the 5th season, I know, I suck), and there are a lot of parallels. Bunny Colvin and Cutty come to mind, and obviously the stree [...]

    9. We had a good book discussion on this author's personal account of growing up in the Bronx in the 60s-70s and the violence that was as much a part of his life as recess was for me. Really insightful and relevant today despite the book being written in the mid 90s.

    10. I liked the book because it talks about his life and what he had to live through and what the struggle was for him while he was growing up. He got very detailed about what he wrote and I like how he shows his emotions while he wrote this book. I liked most that no matter how hard times were for him he found a way to get him and his brothers threw it all and tried his best for his brothers to have a good life. I didn't like how he didn't talk about his mother and what she did for him and his brot [...]

    11. This book was an amazing non-fiction story fit into a comic. This books genre had action, drama, and even comedy to it. Before i read this book I judged it by its cover thinking it was a childish book with no meaning because it was a comic, but by the time I got near the end of the book I noticed I was actually enjoying it because I wouldn't usually read a book without being forced to and that week I went straight to reading my book on my own. I would recommend this book to anyone thats looking [...]

    12. I know the heart of the book is Canada's personal experience on the battlefield of the South Bronx, an experience that informs his thorough and creative response(s) to the battlefield that is now young soldiers with guns. But I was distracted, as others have mentioned, by the seeming contradiction between glorifying the fights in which he engaged as a youth and the peacemaking he endorses in his work with youth, particularly in Harlem today. Also, the book was organized in a confusing way and po [...]

    13. The only reason it took me so long to read this is because I got caught up in other things; otherwise, I would have flown through it in a matter of hours. Canada tells a compelling story that is part-memoir, part-call-to-action. Often painful to read, his story vacillates between his reflections on his own experiences (and how those lessons equipped him for the battle he would later fight) and the deterioration of communities in urban centers in the wake of the 80s crack epidemic (and the war he [...]

    14. A vivid glimpse into Canada's boyhood in the Bronx - how poverty and violence shaped his choices, how he grew into a smart and principled fighter, how he left the 'hood and returned to see the violence heightened, and more chaotic, thanks to evolving weapons. With plain language and unsentimental passion, through personal stories rather than stats, Canada describes the crazy war zone that poor children in America must navigate (or die trying). Against this backdrop he closes with a thumbnail ske [...]

    15. This was really amazing, eye opening, and scary. Although it is clearly meant to educate, the story avoids being preachy, and I was completely drawn in. Is it appropriate for middle schoolers? I think it would be a great book to read and discuss, because there is a lot to process. Ultimately I think everyone should read this at some point - maybe in eighth grade, maybe later, depending on the student and whether they have a chance to talk about it with an adult. Some people might be put off by t [...]

    16. A smart, honest account of life on the streets of the South Bronx in the late 50's/early 60's, integrated with accounts of street life in America's inner cities in the mid-90's (when it was written) and ideas for how things might be turned around. Very moving, very adept at shifting decades throughout, and sadly, very prescient, as the author correctly guessed that if we do nothing of use, the violence will only increase. Incredible and capital-I Important.

    17. This is one of those books that isn't doing anything profound formally. It doesn't need to be a comic. It doesn't leverage the comic medium to any great effect. But the substance of the book is profound and insightful. It's one man's experience with the nature of violence in the context of the increasing racial and economic divide in this country. And it's a perspective that many people (especially those in positions of civic responsibility) need to be aware of.

    18. The structure of the inner city life is something I can not comprehend. The best part about reading this book was learning about the author and seeing what change and impact he has made in the lives of the students that have had the opportunity to study at his school. This man's story is heavy and yet he lived before guns became prevalent. I can't imagine what kind of fear children today deal with in those communities.

    19. A fairly quick read, in large part because it is also such a compelling read that it's hard to put down. Canada details his own background as a ghetto-raised child with a life of daily exposure to violence, and weaves in his later life trying to push back the cycle of gun-violence in inner cities.He makes a strong case for active intervention & strong role models in preference to punishement & incarceration, both in ethical and monetary terms. All in all, a very powerful book.

    20. Very good book. I really enjoyed Canada's analysis of how the Rockefeller laws plus the Crack explosion of the 80's enabled a new young force of drug dealers who grew very rich quickly and yet didn't have the maturity to use their funds/power wisely.

    21. One of my students erroneously signed this book out of our in class library as "Fish Stick, Knife Gun." My friend kept making me laugh by saying, "Stick 'em up! I have a Mrs. Pauls."The book was a heart-breaking look into our violent society.

    22. Part biography, part in-depth look at violence in our nation, this is a gripping book. This is a history of the escalation of violence and the state of much of the urban part of the US. Definitely a good and fascinating set of topics.

    23. This book has a ya sticker. but it is awesome i couldnt put it down.It is about a boy that grows up setting a rank on union avenue he stolen from and held at gunpoint. He learns to be tough and stickup for himself.

    24. Brought me closer to inside the head of every boy who is struggling to grow up in the inner city. Also, enlighting insight on why inner city neighborhoods have become exponentially more dangerous in the last 30 years.

    25. Excellent adaptation of the book by Geoffrey Canada with art by Jamar Nicholas. As the title states there is a progressive escalation of violencea history that too often repeats itself.

    26. Powerful account of Geoffrey Canada's childhood in the South Bronx and experience working in Boston and Harlem as an adult. I appreciated his candor and detailed explanations. I finished wanting to know more about several of the people he talked about through the book. What happened to Mike? What was his mother like? Where is she now? I also wonder why Geoffrey Canada doesn't have children of his own. He may feel like the children of Harlem Children's Zone are all his children, but if that's the [...]

    27. Canada’s autobiographical account details life in the projects of South Bronx in the 1960s. Through his eyes, the reader is placed on the third floor of an apartment building: scared to go out because in order to use the playground, one has to fist fight a kid of the same size. Canada finally makes it out to the street where he learns from the “older kids” how to fight, save face, “have heart,” and protect himself and his family. The need for protection escalates over the years from le [...]

    28. Fist Stick Knife Gun is part auto-biography, part opinion piece. It’s about poverty, violence and the ineptitude of American society to address those problems. In some ways this book is dated and in some ways, it could have been written yesterday.Geoffrey Canada begins by describing his youth growing up in the South Bronx before the proliferation of guns. He was taught by his family, the culture of the streets, and common sense, that though he may not like it, he had to be violent to protect h [...]

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