Gang Leader for a Day

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Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets
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Paperback edition
Author Sudhir Venkatesh
Country United States
Language English
Genre Biographies
Publisher Penguin Press
Publication date
January 14, 2008 (2008-01-14)
Media type Print
Pages 288 pp.
ISBN 978-1-59420-150-9

Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets is an autobiography written by Sudhir Venkatesh.[1] The book chronicles the life of the urban poor and explores Venkatesh's views on poverty, money, gangs, drugs, and life in Chicago.[2][3]


Gang Leader for Day recounts the day-to-day life of the urban poor, Sudhir Venkatesh, an Indian born sociology graduate student, headed to Robert Taylor Homes.[4][5]

His nearly decade long research yielded valuable data, reveals the corporation like workings of the street level drug trade, and serves as the basis of this book.[6]


Gang Leader for a Day has garnered reviews from The New York Times, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, and Entertainment Weekly.[7][8][9][10][11] The book was also Mark Zuckerberg's third selection in his 2015 "Year of Books".[12]