Born to Kill: The Rise and Fall of America's Bloodiest Asian Gang by TJ English

Born to Kill: The Rise and Fall of America's Bloodiest Asian Gang by TJ English

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An inside account of criminal life among Chinatown’s fiercest thugs

They are children of the Vietnam War. Born and raised in the wasteland left by American bombs and napalm, these young men know a particular brand of cruelty which they are about to export to the United States. When the Vietnamese gangs come to Chinatown, they adopt a name remembered from GI’s helmets: “Born To Kill.” And kill they do, in a frenzy of violence that shocks even the old-school Chinese gangsters who once ran Canal Street. Killing brings them turf, money and power, but also draws the government’s eye. Even as Born To Kill reaches its height, it is marked for destruction.

This story is told from the perspective of Tinh Ngo, a young gang member who eventually grows disenchanted with murder and death. When he decides to inform on his brothers to the police, he enters a shadow world far more dangerous than any gangland.


“A revealing, exciting read . . . A must for anyone interested in the emerging multiethnic face of organized crime in the United States.” - Washington Post Book World

“T.J. English has hit the bull’s eye again.” - Publishers Weekly

“Hard-hitting . . . torrid and fascinating . . . Born to Kill is a fine piece of work, an involving read about an important subject.” - Austin Chronicle

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