Amazing Grace: The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation
The children we meet through the deepening friendships that evolve between Jonathan Kozol and their families defy the stereotypes of urban youth too frequently presented on TV and in newspapers. Tender, generous, and often religio ...more
This book taught me at a young age that I could change the world.
And religion? One clearly sees why sometimes people need it.
Absolutely perfect narration by Dick Hill.
You should read this book.
I need to stop reading about poverty for a while. I have real trouble mustering up sympathy for people who keep having children they can’t afford. Abortion is legal! I know – it’s normal to want to leave a legacy, to find purpose in raising another human being. Just because I don’t get it doesn’t make it wrong.
Sadly, these kids don’t really stand a chance. They live in a crime-infes ...more
Kozol's visits and conversations occurred in the early 1990s w ...more
Given the amount of crime in this neighborhood, you'd think it would be on the news every night, but given the co ...more
The book begins with transcribed conversations from urban youth, parents, and community leaders in one of America's worst neighborhoods in the nineties. Slowly, Kozol begins to translate and offer insight into their words with statistics and comparisons he finds from his research. This insight all points to the racial segregation of New York City, which resi ...more
In the same way, I found his argument a little one-sided. His book seems to place the situation of the South B ...more
Again, Kozol is one of my writing heroes...and his style is easy to read and full of details that really help you understand his point of view.
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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 abou ...more
This book is more like a documentry to me of families just getting interviewed about their life. The usual problems are Drugs, and money. ...more
Poverty is an over arching social issue that affect people in many ways. Stress has often been associated with poverty. This relationship is explored through Kozol (1995) and his experiences with children in an impoverished neighborhood. The children he describes have bio-psycho-social risk & resilience factors in regards to stress and poverty. Stress and poverty can be put into an ecological perspective utilizing functionalist theory. Functionalist theory is limited in implementing a planed...more
The deficiencies in the lives of the children that Kozol outlines in the book are immensely depressing. Even a trip to Burger King was such a rare luxury for one kid that he wrote a composition on it for school...at age 13. Children can't play outside for fear of violence or being plied with drugs. Schools, of course, are in deplorable conditions.
The portrait of the Bro ...more
In this wonderful exploration of life in the South Bronx and Harlem— the ghetto of New York City—Kozol poises the question “How does a nation deal with those whom it has cursed?” He delves into the bleak circumstances of the residents, the shocking inequalities between the resources and facilities available to black and Hispa ...more
This book makes me want to go out and help those living horribly, and are put into areas t ...more