who’s sudhir venkatesh

January 14, 2008 – 2:35 pm

after reading Freakonomics, sudhir venkatesh has been on my radar. turns out he’s writing a book
too – called Gang Leader for a Day.

In his new book, Gang Leader for a Day, Venkatesh writes about his experiences during the six
years he spent with the Black Kings gang in Chicago’s Robert Taylor Homes

he also wrote an article for a new york times blog on what real “thugs” think of the HBO TV Show “The
Wire”. The way he writes is pretty funny, but only because he makes light of his subjects. The content
is compelling, and provides insight into something that most people have never been able to research.

Definitely something I’m adding to my book list.
[more about his new book: TED]