White Boy Rick: My Time As An Undercover Teenage Drug Informant For The Fbi by Richard white Boy Rick WersheWhite Boy Rick: My Time As An Undercover Teenage Drug Informant For The Fbi by Richard white Boy Rick Wershe

White Boy Rick: My Time As An Undercover Teenage Drug Informant For The Fbi

byRichard white Boy Rick Wershe, Scott M. Burnstein

Hardcover | January 9, 2018

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The shocking, raw, and unforgettable memoir of the longest-serving non-violent juvenile offender in the US prison system—the subject of the upcoming major motion picture White Boy Rick starring Matthew McConaughey—a government-sponsored teenage drug-dealing prodigy in 1980s Detroit who worked undercover as an informant for the feds.

Incarcerated for a single drug offense spawning from an arrest at a routine traffic stop when he was just seventeen, Rick Wershe Jr. has lived behind bars for decades. But before he was busted in the late 1980s, he was a pawn of the government, recruited out of the eighth grade and put to work as a paid informant to help bust one of the biggest, most powerful and politically connected drug rings plaguing Detroit—a syndicate tied directly to the city’s brash, controversial mayor.

A baby-faced, teenage drug-dealer known as "White Boy Rick" on the streets, Wershe rose through the ranks of the Motor City’s exclusively black and high-octane inner city narcotics scene before he could legally drive a car. He was shot and almost killed, cheated death in some half-dozen assassination attempts, negotiated million-dollar cocaine deals with Colombian and Cuban drug lords in Miami and Las Vegas, hobnobbed with the city’s biggest kingpins and most notorious killers, and played ball with dirty cops and politicians. All with the backing of the FBI and when he should have been in high school.

Draped in his full-length mink coats, signature Adidas tracksuit, and gold rope neck chains, Wershe was the poster boy of youth crime in the crack cocaine era and a true media sensation in the Motor City press. His romances with the mayor's beautiful niece, almost a decade his senior, and the wife of his imprisoned drug-kingpin mentor burnished his legend and increased media coverage. But Wershe’s success was also his downfall. When the FBI no longer needed him, they cut him loose. With no education or prospects, he turned to the one thing he knew how to do: sell drugs. Eventually convicted on a single possession charge, Wershe went to prison, where he remains today, fighting for his freedom and against those in the government who want to keep his former role as an underage informant for federal law enforcement out of the spotlight.

Set during the heyday of the decadent Reagan era, White Boy Rick is a story of an ambitious teenage boy exploited by Uncle Sam, a once-great city in decay, and a nation in the midst of change. It is a tale of race, class, crime, corruption, and lost innocence that resonates today.

Title:White Boy Rick: My Time As An Undercover Teenage Drug Informant For The FbiFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:January 9, 2018Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062697870

ISBN - 13:9780062697875

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