Born Fi’ Dead has ratings and 16 reviews. Thorne said: A confused Born Fi ‘ Dead: A Journey Through The Jamaican Posse Underworld Laurie Gunst. Born Fi’ Dead: A Journey Through the Jamaican Posse Underworld. Laurie Gunst , Author Henry Holt & Company $23 (p) ISBN Among the ethnic gangs that rule America’s inner cities, none has had the impact of the Jamaican posses. Spawned in the ghettos of Kingston as mercenary.

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Most problematic is an insistence throughout that posse violence is bad, while still slipping into a reverential catalogue of the bad men and their murders.

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The author was brave to get into the trenches for this. Feb 04, Melissa Eckstrom rated it really liked it. The structure of the book keeps things interesting as well — personal heartbreaking stories, history, political reporting.

Jan 16, Erin Crowley rated it liked it. Manley and Seaga recruited impoverished kids to kill each other for crumbs from the politicians table, and when, fueled by cocaine most likely brought in by the politicians themselves, things got out of hand, the police began to enact “extrajudicial killings” – murders, in other words, in a bornn of terror.


A Soldier in the Field. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Bh. It ought to be compared with the conclusion of the anti-politics machine, by Thomas Ferguson. Her conclusion, however, is filled with prescriptions for the Jamaican elite – a curious position to take, given the likely audience for this book. Blood for Blood Fire for Fire. Lists with This Book. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts.

Born Fi’ Dead: A Journey Through The Jamaican Posse Underworld

MacmillanMar 15, – Social Science – pages. She meets a particularly notorious killer cop–the police committed one-third of Jamaica’s homicides–and a photographer who becomes her guide to the ghetto’s casual tragedies. Jul 14, Lesia Quamina rated it liked it.

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The voices of their young soldiers go unheard, silenced early by the guns that both distinguish and destroy their lives. A confused mix of memoir, participant-observer journalism, sociological study, and political condemnation. I think the book is worth reading but if it was structured differently it may form a more solid work. This study records these voices. I loved the poem that the book is titled after, and that she used photographs that Brambles had taken for the front cover.


Lisa H rated it really liked it Jan 04, I might also add, that this also answered questions my father also had regarding what was taking place in inner city Jamaica.

Please provide an email address. Really brings you into the Jamaican culture.

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And this hate quite possibly will be perpetuated until the end of time. Jul 19, Marie rated it liked it. Knowing that there is cause to empathise does not assuage my hate. I’m in the middle of this book now.

But there are, and I’d much rather hear what those people have to say edad than have it filtered through a compulsively apologetic white lady from Harvard. Gunty’s book is remarkable for catching the humanity – the desperation and lost opportunities of the “sufferers” – the poorest of the poor. Write a customer review.

My dad gave me this book to read. It is a real shame as buried somewhere beneath the turgid prose is a great story waiting to be told. Contemporary Bron Write About the West. I enjoyed this book.