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by Samuel Logan

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Author:
Samuel Logan
ISBN13:
978-1615239238
ISBN:
1615239235
Publisher:
Hyperion (2009)
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Samuel Logan's book will fill the knowledge gap for anyone teaching delinquency or advanced courses about gangs and street crime. It will be especially useful for people interested in the role of women within violent gangs

Samuel Logan's book will fill the knowledge gap for anyone teaching delinquency or advanced courses about gangs and street crime. It will be especially useful for people interested in the role of women within violent gangs. The author is a veteran international reporter, and presents a detailed picture of a Mara Salvatrucha gang from the narrative of view of a female chivata - (informer).

The book focuses primarily on one member of the MS13 gang Brenda Paz. Through her story you learn just a little . Probably more from the documentary alone. Sorry but not an amazing book considering it has such a cool cover and subject matter. Through her story you learn just a little insight into how the gang operates and where they spread their seed. The Brenda Paz story implicates other MS members into the scheme of things by the criminal activities that take place during Brenda Paz's tenure and later her testimonies. The fact that this book never mentioned anything regarding the connection with Central America is MIND BLOWING. I would love to have read about what goes on down there.

At age 12, Brenda Paz was affiliated with a powerful Los Angeles clique of the Mara Salvatrucha, a. .

At age 12, Brenda Paz was affiliated with a powerful Los Angeles clique of the Mara Salvatrucha, a violent street gang. Journalist Logan offers a gripping exploration of Paz's life within the group and sheds light on a criminal network that affects countless American cities.

The Mara Salvatrucha, or MS13, is perhaps the most notorious street gang in the Western Hemisphere. Samuel Logan, This is for the Mara Salvatrucha: Inside the MS-13, America’s Most Violent Gang, (New York, 2009)

The Mara Salvatrucha, or MS13, is perhaps the most notorious street gang in the Western Hemisphere. While it has its origins in the poor, refugee-laden neighborhoods of 1980s Los Angeles, the gang's reach now extends from Central American nations like El Salvador and through Mexico, the United States and Canada. Samuel Logan, This is for the Mara Salvatrucha: Inside the MS-13, America’s Most Violent Gang, (New York, 2009). Steven S. Dudley, Drug Trafficking Organizations in Central America: Transportistas, Mexican Cartels and Maras, Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, May 2010.

A street gang that began in Los Angeles in the 1980s, the Mara Salvatrucha has spread across the United.

But Brenda and her friends belonged to the Mara Salvatrucha-the MS-13-the most violent gang in America, and in addition to enjoying the things that all teenagers do, her friends were thieves, drug dealers, human traffickers, and murderers. A street gang that began in Los Angeles in the 1980s, the Mara Salvatrucha has spread across the United States and Central America with startling speed, boasting tens of thousands of members. They deal ruthlessly with competing gangs and any members who display disloyalty, often leaving a trail of dismembered corpses in their wake.

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Like any American teenager, Brenda Paz spent much of her time with her friends. They would go to parties, listen to music, and show off their cars late into the night. But Brenda and her friends belonged to the Mara Salvatrucha--the MS-13--the most violent gang in America, and in addition to enjoying the things that all teenagers do, her friends were thieves, drug dealers, human traffickers, and murderers. A street gang that began in Los Angeles in the 1980s, the Mara Salvatrucha has spread across the United States and Central America with startling speed, boasting tens of thousands of members. They deal ruthlessly with competing gangs and any members who display disloyalty, often leaving a trail of dismembered corpses in their wake. They are poised to surpass the Mafia as the country's most organized criminal network. And by operating within the insular Central American immigrant communities, the Mara Salvatrucha has been able to easily elude law enforcement. All that changed when Brenda Paz turned informant for the FBI, exposing the incredible scope of the gang's operations. But Brenda's cooperation with the FBI was only the beginning. What followed is an extraordinary story of strength, intelligence, and incredible courage. This is for the Mara Salvatrucha takes us into a dark and violent world that few people have seen, but is closer than you think.
  • Investigative reporter Samuel Logan made his first foray into novel writing with THIS IS FOR THE MARA SALVATRUCHA. While the book is definitely informative as to the origins of the MS-13 criminal enterprise, it is equally the story of Brenda Paz, the teenager who was jumped into the gang and became law enforcement's greatest source on the gang before her murder.

    It's Brenda's story that gripped me as a reader. I had heard of Brenda's story before and knew that she would die at the end of the novel, but Logan told her story in such a fashion that I slowly began to actively root for her, and was pained when she made the decisions that would eventually lead to her demise. She had multiple chances from LEOs who cared for her to leave the gang life, but being a teenager, she was prone to impetuous decisions.

    It's Brenda's story that lends gravitas to Logan's account, which is still very insightful as to MS-13's origins and rise (all public knowledge due to Brenda's testimony to law enforcement). One looking to learn more about arguably the greatest criminal threat of the current time will learn more about the gang, but they will also walk away with a personal story that is a knife in the chest.

    Recommended for any fan of true crime.

  • The book focuses primarily on one member of the MS13 gang Brenda Paz. Through her story you learn just a little insight into how the gang operates and where they spread their seed. The Brenda Paz story implicates other MS members into the scheme of things by the criminal activities that take place during Brenda Paz's tenure and later her testimonies.

    Another reviewer mentions that watching an episode of Gangland " La Mara Salvatrucha " on the History Chanel (also on Youtube) can give you a better insight into the gang than this book. I decided to do both...finish this book and see the Gangland documentary. In all fairness the Gangland Documentary does the same as this book. It highlights 3 members of the gang and documents their gang life and deportation back to Central America****something that this book DOES NOT DO which is a HUGE part of the MS-13 story.

    Would I have gotten the information I needed by just focusing on the book or the documentary ? Probably more from the documentary alone.

    Sorry but not an amazing book considering it has such a cool cover and subject matter. The fact that this book never mentioned anything regarding the connection with Central America is MIND BLOWING. I would love to have read about what goes on down there. As a traveler to Latin America for over 20 years I am well aware of how different the situation is down there relating to the prison system corruption Etc. NOTHING in the book. I believe the author lives down there ????????

    Bottom Line- Story of a well respected ( by authorities) informant and her immature actions which ended up costing her own life and the life of her baby. At times a frustrating story to read and other times a boring story to read. Every now and then something of interest arises and then it dwindles away back into the main story....BRENDA PAZ

  • This is an interesting book. Although there are gangs everywhere this one I think is the top one. They should be considered an international/domestic terrorist gang. I don’t even think the media has an idea what this organization is like due to the way they report.

  • I thought it would explain more about the culture, rules, set up, way of life of the gang itself. It's more about Brenda& how the gang affected her life. It was about her specifically & how she lived. It didn't tell us much about the structure& such of the gang itself. Basically it told us they R violent, but we already knew that.

  • Samuel Logan is a. Dry easy author to read, he speaks like someone who is at your house for coffee and a chat. The book doesn’t sensationalize, or normalize the MS-13 brutal criminal lifestyle. This recount of Brenda Paz’ life brings an easy and direct avenue of understanding not only this gang, but gang activity in America. It brings understanding and support to the need for funding our illegal immigration security issue in the USA. Bravo, 5 stars for making it something I believe anyone can follow and learn from.

  • When you pick up a book from someone you know, you always ask yourself: what if I don't like it? Well with Sam's book this doubt didn't come to mind.

    Although it is not an historical examination of the Mara Salvatrucha, it offers several valuable insights through Brenda Paz's ordeal. The book shares how the MS developed, how they came to the USA and how they moved for some time undetected within the different States.

    Sam describes well how easy it is for a teenager to end up on the wrong side of the law. Furthermore it shows how a dysfunctional family kid but also well integrated immigrant kid chooses to join a gang alike.

    Finally it shows how violent the circle of life within these gangs is and how challenging it is for the law enforcement to break in the gang's omerta. The reader will be taken and fascinated by Brenda's short life with the MS-13. Where 13 has a number of different meanings!

    What the reader should not forget is that the Mara Salvatrucha is real!

  • Interesting read. The young woman in the book is obviously manipulative, so it is curious as to how the narrative was largely based on her interviews and testimony, etc. A sad look at the tough life faced by many populations of immigrants in the US.

  • This book explores the life of Brenda Paz, MS-13 member and police informant. It really isn't an expose on the inner workings of the gang. The author's style is simplistic and at times a little presumptuous. What form of clairvoyance does he have that can read the thoughts of people killed years before the publication of this book? If you're not familiar with Brenda's story, I suppose it would be an interesting read. But there's really nothing new here, all the things the author brings up have been portrayed on TV documentaries and in other publications. D+, maybe C-