Monster - Sanyika Shakur


By Sanyika Shakur

  • Release Date: 2007-12-01
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 614 Ratings


After pumping eight blasts from a sawed-off shotgun at a group of rival gang members, twelve-year-old Kody Scott was initiated into the L.A. gang the Crips. He quickly matured into one of the most formidable Crip combat soldiers, earning the name “Monster” for committing acts of brutality and violence that repulsed even his fellow gang members. When the inevitable jail term confined him to a maximum-security cell, a complete political and personal transformation followed: from Monster to Sanyika Shakur, black nationalist, member of the New Afrikan Independence Movement, and crusader against the causes of gangsterism. In a document that has been compared to The Autobiography of Malcolm X and Eldridge Cleaver’s Soul on Ice, Shakur makes palpable the despair and decay of America’s inner cities and gives eloquent voice to one aspect of the black ghetto experience today.


  • More then gang life REAL LIFE

    By acad88
    This book is powerful and speaks volumes, you don’t have to be a gang member to OVERSTAND and respect the stories that were told focus your mind to the environment they grew up in what would you have done? Life is bigger than disliking the next man because everyone has the same amount of time in a day AND the same options make the best out of what you have. MUST READ
  • Great read

    By SkinnyDaGr8t
    He spoke of his past life with such detail and honesty. The transformation was awakening.
  • 10/10

    By Btillm
    Must read book for any kids growing up in the inner cities.
  • Dope book 🔥🔥🔥

    By R.o.B Troy
    Could not put it down.From the first chapter I was hooked .Very good narrative and insight into west coast gang culture.
  • Masterpiece!

    By Slick43$
    Black power! 👊🏾✊🏾
  • Masterpiece

    By JaxonBd24
    Monster did a tremendous job. I’m a former Piru and really loved the book
  • Absolutely Moving!!!

    By Supreme Almighty
    A great tale of trial and tribulation, as the simplest change of perspective gives this black king another chance at life.
  • Amazing

    By JonRaynor
    Riveting story about gang life and perseverance
  • Powerful. When the book ended I was disappointed I wanted to continue to hear his thoughts.

    By Rukiya777
    At times I felt like he was so vicious then I came to understand how they were responding to something that was missing. When Sanyika became enlightened I connected with him because I respected that his actions were always consistent with his beliefs. I respected his incredible internal fortitude, again whatever he believed he was determined to live by. He is a born leader.
  • Must Read !

    By iTz_klipz
    For anyone thinking of READING THIS BOOK let’s just say I was in incarcerated a year ago I was locked away and this book gave me something to look forward to the next day giving me hope Dueces