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Amazing Grace : The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation

Amazing Grace : The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation - 95 edition

ISBN13: 978-0060976972

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ISBN13: 978-0060976972
ISBN10: 0060976977
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 95
Publisher: Perennial Library
Published: 1995
International: No

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Amazing Grace : The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation - 95 edition

ISBN13: 978-0060976972

Jonathan Kozol

ISBN13: 978-0060976972
ISBN10: 0060976977
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 95
Publisher: Perennial Library

Published: 1995
International: No
Summary

The children in this book defy the stereotypes of urban youth too frequently presented by the media. Tender, generous and often religiously devout, they speak with eloquence and honesty about the poverty and racial isolation that have wounded but not hardened them.

The book does not romanticize or soften the effects of violence and sickness. One fourth of the child-bearing women in the neighborhoods where these children live test positive for HIV. Pediatric AIDs, life-consuming fires and gang rivalries take a high toll. Several children die during the year in which this narrative takes place.

A gently written work, Amazing Grace asks questions that are at once political and theological. What is the value of a child's life? What exactly do we plan to do with those whom we appear to have defined as economically and humanly superfluous? How cold -- how cruel, how tough -- do we dare be?

Author Bio

Kozol, Jonathan :

Jonathan Kozol has been awarded the National Book Award and the Robert F. Kennedy Award. His book Savage Inequalities was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and became a national bestseller.