BAD: The Autobiography of James Carr

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"When I was nine years old I burned down my school." —from the text.

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James Carr started fighting when he was very young and never gave it up. A child prodigy of crime in the streets of the L.A. ghettos and scourge of half a dozen boys' homes, his career in armed robbery was quickly cut short by arrest. In prison, he fought harder than ever and became one of the most notorious rebels in the seething California Penal System.

Linking up with George Jackson in Folsom, they led the notorious Wolf Pack, which quickly fought its way to a position of strength in the prison race war. Separated from George, Jimmy transformed himself from an openly rebellious con into a cunning thinker who manipulated the authorities and ultimately engineered his own release.

Carr relates the story of his life with a cold passion, powerfully illuminating the horrors of daily life on the streets and in prison—race riots, murders, rape, and corruption—from the standpoint of one who has overcome them.

"I've been struggling all my life to get beyond the choice of living on my knees or dying on my feet. It's time we lived on our feet." —from the text.

"Jimmy was the baddest motherfucker!" —George Jackson

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Author James Carr
Publisher AK Press
Page Count 238pp
Publication Size 6 x 9
Publication Notes softcover
Publication Date 2002
ISBN 978-1902593647

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