Money Rock: a family's story of cocaine, race, and ambition in the new south

Title Money Rock: a family's story of cocaine, race, and ambition in the new south
Names Kelley, Pam
Book Number DBX01242
Title Status Active
Medium Digital Books
Annotation "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 destinies. Money Rock is a deeply American story, one that will leave readers reflecting on the near impossibility of making lasting change, in our lives and as a society, until we reckon with the sins of our past." - From the Publisher. Unrated. 2018.
Narrator Simpson, Joe
Local Subject North Carolina Interest - NCA
Biography and Autobiography - BIO
Biography - Contemporary - BIC
North Carolina Biography - BNC
Black Interest - BLK
Crime & True Detective - CRI
Biography - Cops, Lawyers & Defendants - BIX
Politics - POL
The Law & Legal Rights - LAW
Language English
Original Publication 2018 The New Press
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