The Almighty Black P Stone Nation

The Almighty Black P Stone Nation
The Almighty Black P Stone Nation

The Almighty Black P Stone Nation

The Rise, Fall, and Resurgence of an American Gang
By Natalie Y. Moore, By Lance Williams


304 Pages, 6 x 9

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Trade Paper, $17.95 (CA $19.95) (US $17.95)

ISBN 9781613744918

Rights: WOR

Chicago Review Press (Sep 2012)
Lawrence Hill Books


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The untold story of a notorious cabal
In gangster lore, the Almighty Black P Stone Nation stands out among the most notorious street gangs. But how did teens from a poverty–stricken Chicago neighborhood build a powerful organization that united 21 individual gangs into a virtual nation? Natalie Y. Moore and Lance Williams answer this and other questions in a provocative tale that features a colorful cast of characters from white do-gooders, black nationalists, and community organizers to overzealous law enforcement. The U.S. government funded the Nation. Louis Farrakahn hired the gang—renamed the El Rukns in a tribute to Islam—as his Angels of Death. Fifteen years before 9/11, the government convicted the gang of plotting terrorist acts with Libyan leader Mu’ammar Gadhafi; currently, founding member Jeff Fort is serving a triple life sentence. An exciting story about the evolution of a gang, the book is an exposé of how minority crime is targeted as well as a timely look at urban violence


"Journalist Moore and scholar Williams, the son of a former member of a rival gang, draw on interviews, newspaper accounts, and court records to examine the rise and fall of the gang that started as the Blackstone Rangers and later morphed into the El Rukns."  —Booklist

"Moore and Williams demystify the gang—and bring out the quirks of charismatic founder Jeff Fort—in this well-researched book that digs out the truth, finds the humanity in urban legend and shows how church, state and community together created the most powerful, and contradictory, of street organizations." —Ebony (April 2011) 

"An insightful anatomy of Chicago’s iconic Blackstone Rangers and the street gang culture from which it emerged. The book is a rigorous mixture of scholarship and journalism that is rendered with a contextual empathy that’s rare in other literature on street gangs."  —Salim Muwakkil, senior editor, In These Times

"A provocative tale."  —Chicago Citizen

"[A] timely exposé on urban violence."  —Chicago Defender

"Filled with amazing and little known details and framed within Chicago African American history. The best and most accurate book on a contemporary Chicago gang ever written."  —John Hagedorn, author, People & Folks, Gangs, Crime, and the Underclass in a Rustbelt City

"A stunning book." —StreetWise (March 2, 2011)

"A must read for anyone interested in the history of Chicago." —The Chicago Crusader

Author Biography

Natalie Y. Moore is an author and a journalist who reports on issues of race and community for Chicago Public Radio. Her work has appeared in publications such as Bitch, Black Enterprise, the Chicago Reporter, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Chicago Tribune, Essence, and In These Times. She is coauthor of Deconstructing Tyrone: A New Look at Black Masculinity in the Hip-Hop Generation. Lance Williams is an educator, an inner-city youth advocate and activist, and the son of a former Vice Lords member. He is a founder and a chairman of the board of the Know Thyself Program, a community-based organization providing cultural- and social-enrichment programs for youth in schools; a principal investigator of CeaseFire, an antiviolence initiative in Chicago; a board member of the Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois program; and a member of the executive committee of the Governor’s Statewide Community Safety and Reentry Working Group. They both live in Chicago.