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Author Castaneda, Ruben.

Title S street rising : crack, murder, and redemption in D.C. / Ruben Castaneda.

Publication Info. New York : Bloomsbury, 2014.


Location Call No. Status
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 1st Floor    92 CASTANEDA,R    Available
Edition First U.S. edition.
Description 294 pages ; 25 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Summary "During the height of the crack epidemic that decimated the streets of D.C., Ruben Castaneda covered the crime beat for the Washington Post. The first in his family to graduate from college, he had landed a job at one of the country's premier newspapers. But his apparent success masked a devastating secret: he was a crack addict. Even as he covered the drug-fueled violence that was destroying the city, he was prowling S Street, a 24/7 open-air crack market, during his off hours, looking for his next fix. S Street Rising is more than a memoir; it's a portrait of a city in crisis. It's the adrenalin-infused story of the street where Castaneda quickly became a regular, and where a fledgling church led by a charismatic and streetwise pastor was protected by the local drug kingpin, a dangerous man who followed an old-school code of honor. It's the story of Castaneda's friendship with an exceptional police homicide commander whose career was derailed when he ran afoul of Mayor Marion Barry and his political cronies. And it's a study of the city itself as it tried to rise above the bloody crack epidemic and the corrosive politics of the Barry era. S Street Rising is The Wire meets the Oscar-winning movie Crash. And it's all true"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Castaneda, Ruben.
Journalists -- Drug use -- Washington (D.C.)
Reporters and reporting -- Washington (D.C.)
Crack (Drug) -- Washington (D.C.)
Drug traffic -- Washington (D.C.)
Crime -- Washington (D.C.)
ISBN 9781620400043 (hardback)
1620400049 (hardback)

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