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 (US $17.95) (CA $19.95)

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 reports on issues of race for Chicago Public Radio. Her work has appeared in Essence, the Chicago Sun-Times, and the Chicago Tribune. She is coauthor of Deconstructing Tyrone: A New Look at Black Masculinity in the Hip-Hop Generation. The son of a former Vice Lords gang member, Lance Williams is an assistant professor at Northeastern Illinois University, the assistant director of the Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies, and a youth advocate and activist.