A series of analytical autobiographies, written by criminals assisted by academics with the aim of exploring the roots of crime in the modern urban/suburban environment, and adding to the conversation of a better world. A hardcore analysis of modern underground life. Entertaining and well referenced. Academically stimulating and painfully detailed. Gritty and smart. Seductive and terrifying.
The beginning of the book is mainly the author examining his childhood and philosophizing his actions as a young criminal. There are some points the author makes that I agree with. The author points out that those who do not easily fit within the confines of normal are treated poorly and perform inadequately in the cookie cutter system of education and employment. Those whose education requires less institutional learning would greatly benefit from a more stimulating and less traditional education. Trying to mold individuals into any kind of uniformity is bound to fail. We are essentially individual. In this context, I can understand how a person would get the stimulation they are lacking from traditional norms by committing crimes. Breaking rules of any kind can definitely provide the stimulate these kind of people crave.
Something that I found slightly annoying was the over explanation of basic themes. The book is very introspective and moves at a slow pace. The same details are pounded home over and over. It’s a bit insulting to the reader. Over explanation usually isn’t something that annoys me. However, when the same concepts are over explained multiple times it starts to get a bit insulting and repetitive. It puts lulls in an otherwise very interesting story.
The author really digs deep into the darker parts of human sociologic and herd behavior. It’s a descriptive look into the lives of those most are only able to see the surface of. It’s a lot like being invited into the click of the bad kids without all of the consequences of being involved with them.
Surprisingly, those society deems “bad” could really just be looking for a place to belong. They are looking for gratification….just like the rest of us.
I found this book thought provoking, shocking and enlightening all at the same time. However, due to the annoying repetition and extreme over explanation….I am granting it four stars.
The Technical Data:
Title: Lessons From The Underground ( Book 1 ) | Author(s): Not Us |
Publisher: Create Space Independant Publishing / Publication Date: 8-6-2015 |Pages: 216 (Print) | ISBN: 9781515388067 | Genre(s): True Crime / Biographies / Memoirs |Language:English | Rating: 4 out of 5 | Date Read: 2-26-2016 | Source: Copy from Author