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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books; Reprint edition (June 15 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767900316
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767900317
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14 x 3.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #72,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Nov. 5 1999
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I am a white suburban woman who began to read this book to learn about a life that is very different from my own and because I wanted to learn about the IV drug culture, having a cousin who shot drugs in NYC for 15 years. This book should be read by anyone who thinks that have the answer to the ills of the city, or education, or healthcare, or poverty or whatever. They will quickly see that the problems that plague our inner cities are much like trying to treat a cancer in the human body: you can't try and single out or isolate one specific problem area and try to fix it. You need to look at the entire system, taking into account the interconnectedness of these problems when you try and come up with a solution.
It is naive and utterly foolish to think that you can isolate the issues of the city and solve them independently- you can't. I urge anyone who has any influence over public policy of any kind to spend a few days and read this book. It will forever alter your view on how to "fix" the problems of neighborhoods like these and make you realize you are up against something that is much bigger than it appears. And policy makers: it is not as easy as as having a war on drugs. You need to start by bringing a thriving economic job base back into our cities so people have the opportunity to become meaningfully employed and can try and have a chance at life. When you strip away one's economic opportunities- you are cutting off their blood supply. It is just that simple. A MUST READ FOR ALL ELECTED OFFICIALS IN THE USA!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Aug. 24 2000
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WEll i first want to start off by saying that this book was amazon and i actually saw the movie on hbo first then it made me go out and pick up the book.I just wish there could have been more scenes thats how much i enjoyed it. I also want to know is there going to be any more parts added like when they come to visit their old neighborhood to visit thier old friends the ones that are still alive and they try to help them as well. There needs to another episode with the titled of "THE CORNER": THE VISIT OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT BECAUSE THAT WAS TO GOOD AND SO REAL BECAUSE THERE ARE ALOT OF FAMILIES THAT GO TROUGH THE SAME EXACT PROBLEMS SO THAT ALL I HAD TO SAY AND WHAT I THINK ABOUT IT BUT TRY THINKING ABOUT ANOTHER PART BECAUSE I KNOW THIS WAS BASED ON A TRUE STORY TO BUT AS I SAID BEFORE IT WAS GRET I LOVED AND IM STILL WAITING ON THEM TO SHOW SOME REPEATS ON HBO IT WAS TO GOOD. THANK YOU
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By valerie miles-graves on March 31 2000
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this book took me back to an area i grew-up in and escaped from in my early 20s. I've known many persons such as the characters in this book. They are real and do exist unfortantly. I am now employed and daily working with the court system in Baltimore, Maryland where I grew up. I know that some of these characters lives have not changed for the better at least because i've seen them in court. I know that the areas are worse than before because I visit them to do home visits for my job, and I know that the police still perform as they did when the book was written, and Baltimore's crime rate remains the same. Sad as it is, ther are still no real solutions to the problem that the arthors wrote about, and the corners are still in existance, but the players, or shall I say victims are becoming younger everyday. The faces are new and the conditions are worse. The Corner, in my opinion is a powerful story. Unlike some readers, I at times had to but it down, collect myself, and then pick it up at a latter time. To be in it, but not of it was hard and always is. To see that someone else has taken the time to witness it and but it into story is heartwrenching. I know these characters, feel for them, cry for them, and each day I pray for them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 23 1999
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I grew up in that neighborhood and many of my relatives still live there today. I believe I'm qualified to say that Simon's portrait of West Baltimore life is extremely accurate. However, the authors could have presented the complete story, Fat Curt wasn't always the soulless junky that Simon highlighted, he had a family and friends, I was one of them.
Athletic talents got me out, but what of those that can't shoot a ball, or rap, or those that have to attend a West Baltimore public school. Life is tough in the ghetto, I think everyone knows that. Now Simon needs to write a book of solutions to the problem that he so profoundly explained.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Feb. 21 1999
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I have worked near the area where the book takes place and can say that this is the best account of what it's like in the "hood" of Baltimore. As a soon to be police officer I also learned alot about what not to do as far as protocol with the people who live within the confines of the western district.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Feb. 19 1999
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As a social worker in Baltimore, I have the opportunity to work with this social class of people. One of my clients spotted the book and became instantly interested. He knew all the people in the book, and lived right smack in the corner of the open air drug market. After talking with him, he said the book was extremely accurate - And yes the names are real. Blue is no longer at the house (it's another abandon rowhouse). Fat Curt has passed away. And yes - even with all the publicity, the users and dealers are still there. This is an excellent view of what life is like out htere. We are mostly outsiders and will never truely understand, but this book gets you just a little bit closer.
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