S Street Rising: Review

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This book provided interesting insight into the crack trade of Washington D.C., and the young news reporter who was caught up in it all.

Ruben, a young reporter for the Post, is not only investigating the violence in relation to crack but is also a crack addict himself. He provides fascinating views from both sides of the spectrum, giving the reader a clear and balanced picture of what was really going on in D.C. in the 80’s and 90’s. S Street Rising not only deals with crack, but also deals with sketchy politicians, fantastic police work, and a church in a war zone.

The story itself was fascinating. Hearing about the crack issues in D.C. from both the side of a reporter and the side of a crack addict was fascinating; truly adding a new perspective on a traditional story. S Street Rising is also a fascinating story because it doesn’t focus entirely on crack. While crack is a major component of this book, there is more to the story than that. This book also focuses on the political issues in D.C. around this time period and a church that took root directly in the middle of a notorious crack area. There is definitely more to be found in this book than just a story about crack and why crack is bad for society.

The writing in this book is really pleasant to read. It’s obvious that the author is a professional journalist and really understands what it takes to write a good story. Though the author is a journalist, this book doesn’t read like a newspaper article or simple journalism, it reads like a proper nonfiction book. There are a few jumps in setting/topic throughout a chapter, yet each section managed to flow smoothly into the next.

There isn’t much else to say about this book; it’s a fascinating story with polished writing. I would definitely recommend this one to those interested in stories about drugs and drug histories or for anyone out looking for a fascinating, and informative, glimpse into someones life and a nationwide drug problem.

I received this book for review purposes via NetGalley.

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One thought on “S Street Rising: Review

    From an ink smeared page said:
    April 15, 2014 at 6:56 AM

    There seems to be a rise in creative non-fiction writing – a definite plus for journalists!

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