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

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HarperCollins, Sep 27, 1996 - Social Science - 304 pages
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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?


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

User Review  - Beverly - Goodreads

A very enlightening book that confirmed my own observations. It is overwhelming that we treat the poor worse than we treat our pets. The answer must come from all within being confronted and made to ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Sasha - Goodreads

This is the book that first sparked a real interest in me for social service work. When I need a reminder of why it is I do what I do, I read it again. What I truly appreciate about Jonathan Kozol is ... Read full review


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About the author (1996)

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.

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