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Money Rock: A Familys Story of Cocaine, Race, and Ambition in the New South [Hardcover]

Item : Money Rock: A Familys Story of Cocaine, Race, and Ambition in the New South [Hardcover]
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Author Author : Kelley, Pam
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 1620973278
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9781620973271
Publisher Publisher : The New Press
Pages Pages : 288
Binding Binding : Hardcover
Item ID : 101368716

“An ambitious look at the cost of urban gentrification.”
Atlanta-Journal Constitution

“Kelley could have written a fine book about Charlottes drug trade in the 80s and 90s, filled with shoot-outs and flashy jewelry. What she accomplishes withMoney Rock, however, is far more laudable.”
Charlotte Magazine

“Pam Kelley knows a good story when she sees oneandMoney Rockis a hell of a story. . . like a New South version ofThe Wire.”
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Meet Money Rockyoung, charismatic, and Charlottes flashiest coke dealerin a riveting social history with echoes of Ghettoside and Random Family

Meet Money Rock. He’s young. He’s charismatic. He’s generous, often to a fault. He’s one of Charlotte’s most successful cocaine dealers, and that’s what first prompted veteran reporter Pam Kelley to craft this riveting social history—by turns action-packed, uplifting, and tragic—of a striving African American family, swept up and transformed by the 1980s cocaine epidemic.

The saga begins in 1963 when a budding civil rights activist named Carrie gives birth to Belton Lamont Platt, eventually known as Money Rock, in a newly integrated North Carolina hospital. Pam Kelley takes readers through a shootout that shocks the city, a botched FBI sting, and a trial with a judge known as “Maximum Bob.” When the story concludes more than a half century later, Belton has redeemed himself. But three of his sons have met violent deaths and his oldest, fresh from prison, struggles to make a new life in a world where the odds are stacked against him.

This gripping tale, populated with characters both big-hearted and flawed, shows how social forces and public policies—racism, segregation, the War on Drugs, mass incarceration—help shape individual destiniel£3

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