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The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood Paperback – Jun 15 1998
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This startling look at desperate, drug-addled inner-city lives ranks as one of the grittiest--and best--examinations of underclass America available. Like Alex Kotlowitz's There Are No Children Here and Leon Dash's Rosa Lee, The Corner shines light on a horrific subculture of addiction, crime, dependency, and violence. Authors David Simon (who wrote Homicide, the book that inspired the TV series of the same name) and Edward Burns (a former cop) are muckraking reporters who operate in the finest tradition of American journalism. They spent an entire year on the corner of Fayette and Monroe in West Baltimore, getting to know its open-air drug market and its people. Although the authors present strong evidence that the so-called war on drugs cannot be won, The Corner has no political agenda. It is simply a powerful testament to the bleak situation confronting many urban neighborhoods. At once deeply unsettling and extremely rewarding, this humane book deserves a wide audience. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From Library Journal
This portrayal of a year in drug-crazed west Baltimore will satisfy neither readers looking for a perceptive witness to the urban crisis nor those in search of social analysis. Simon (Homicide, LJ 6/1/91), a crime reporter, and Burns, a Baltimore police veteran and public school teacher, mask their presence in the scene with an omniscient style that strains credibility, and the chronological framework blunts the impact of their most compelling themes. The authors salute the courageous but futile efforts of individual parents, educators, and police officers but deny the possibility of a social solution to the devastation they acknowledge is rooted in social policy. A more compelling account is Our America: Life and Death (LJ 6/1/97) on the South Side of Chicago, based on interviews conducted by 13-year-old public housing residents LeAlan Jones and Lloyd Newman in 1993. For larger public libraries. (Photos not seen..
-?Paula Dempsey, Loyola Univ., Chicago
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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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!
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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This is one of my top ten non-fiction books of all time. Here is why: First, it is well-written and intriguing. There is little to no academic jargon to wade through. Read morePublished on July 28 2003 by Elizabeth
A great book! The book goes into more details than the HBO miniseries and some of the details in the movie were altered. A definite must buy!Published on June 7 2003 by Shanny
This is an excellent book and work of reporting, as others indicate.
But to say the book has no political agenda is, I think, incorrect. Read more
Simon and Burns, in one paragraph, display more talent and creativity than most writers will dispense in a lifetime.
I bought this book 5 years ago. Read more
Reading 'The Corner', you are transported into West Baltimore and the life of the denizens of Monroe and Fayette. Read morePublished on Sept. 2 2002
this book describes some of what i see everyday as i work in and around johns hopkins hospital. i enjoyed the book, but found the small print very difficult. Read morePublished on May 6 2002
Wonderful book. No pussy-footing in this book, it is an in your face look on The War on Drugs, and why it doesn't work. The author did a BEAUTIFUL job on describing this in words. Read morePublished on Nov. 26 2001 by Frank Covington