Blood in the Fields. Ten Years Inside California's Nuestra by Julia Reynolds

By Julia Reynolds

The urban of Salinas, California, is the birthplace of John Steinbeck and the surroundings for his epic masterpiece East of Eden, however it can be the house of Nuestra Familia, some of the most violent gangs within the usa. Born within the prisons of California within the past due Sixties, Nuestra Familia improved to regulate drug trafficking and extortion operations in the course of the northern half the kingdom, and left a path of our bodies in its wake. Award-winning journalist Julia Reynolds tells the gang's tale from the interior out, following younger women and men as they look for a brand new type of relatives, quests that typically result in homicide and betrayal. Blood within the Fields additionally records the historical past of Operation Black Widow, the FBI's questionable decade-long attempt to dismantle the Nuestra Familia, besides its compromised informants and the turf wars it created with neighborhood legislations enforcement firms. Reynolds makes use of her extraordinary entry to gang individuals, either out and in of felony, as...

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You Gots to Kill 17. Breaking Huerito 18. Brothers 19. Rico’s Way 20. All Creased Up 21. Breaking Regina 22. Second Chances 23. Lizard 24. Chinatown 25. Seeds of Empire 26. The Tortilla Factory 27. Spookio’s Way 28. The Black Widow 29. Original Gangster 30. The King of Chinatown 31. Wiring Lizard 32. The Murder at Cap’s Saloon 33. Oklahoma City 34. The Big Homie 35. The Confession Book Three: Empire 2002–2007 36. Rico’s Time Card 37. Northern Exposure 38. The Deal 39. The Coup 40. The General’s Visitor 41.

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It became their corner, a place to laugh and carouse after a day in the fields. The youths became known as the Fruit Standers. They were the sons of Mexican immigrants, born in the United States and raised in Salinas, and as they defended their humble corner they resented the flood of new arrivals from México who accepted the lowest wages and the worst work in the fields. Agriculture in the valley and the hospitality industry around Monterey Bay had grown dramatically, along with the county’s demand for cheaper labor.

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