In 1998, at the very moment that a publisher had approached Bruce Davidson about a book of his 1959Brooklyn Gang photographs, former gang leader Bobby Powers unexpectedly telephoned the Davidsons.Over the next decade, Emily Davidson maintained an ongoing conversation with Powers in order to bring tolight his struggle to overcome his drug-ridden and violent past and to inspire others with his example. Through the words and reflections of the former drug addict and petty criminal, this book relates the long,agonizing journey from youthful urban violence and despair to the life of a committed and generousprofessional. Beginning in a working-class Brooklyn neighborhood in the mid 1950s where alcohol abuse andpoverty were rampant, Bobby Powers went from being an illiterate gang leader and notorious drug dealer to adestroyed individual who had lost everything, including family members, close friends, and himself, allpresented in his own words and in grim detail in this book. At a critical turning point in his life, recognizing thethreat of his behaviors to survival, he entered detox and embarked on the arduous path to recovery andself-understanding.
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Seven Stories Press
October 29, 2012
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