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Another Day in the Death of America: A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives

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On an average day in America, seven children and teens will be shot dead. In Another Day in the Death of America, award-winning journalist Gary Younge tells the stories of the lives lost during one such day. It could have been any day, but he chose November 23, 2013. Black, white, and Latino, aged nine to nineteen, they fell at sleepovers, on street corners, in stairwells, ...more
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Published October 4th 2016 by Bold Type Books
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jv poore
One random day. 10 children died. From gunshot wounds.
Mr. Younge boldly bears witness to each of these tragedies. He clearly and concisely conveys each of these stories that so desperately needed to be told.

This book is not about gun control. Not once, in any of the interviews conducted with victims’ families and friends, does anyone mention the second amendment.

It is about ten tragic deaths and the circumstances that led up to each shooting. And it is vital.

None of the stories are alike. The vi
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having finished this book I am left with the overwhelming impression that it was a book that needed to be written. Author Gary Younge is a journalist who spent many years living in the States. Although living in America, he is British and as a black man he was very aware of both the differences and similarities between cultures. One of the most obvious differences is the number of guns that are readily available in the States. I don’t think most Americans understand how shocked us Brits are to v ...more
Paul Bryant
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
The idea of this book is simple – take a random day (Saturday, 23 November 2013) and write an account of all the kids who were shot and killed in that 24 hour period in the USA. There were ten. (Note – suicides are omitted because they are never reported. So the figure is probably higher than ten.)

The author Gary Younge (a black British journalist) quickly makes clear : this is not a book about the need for gun control, although to a British reader, it may appear that it is. Gary Younge is writ
Sep 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in kids and guns
5★ Reposting again, June 2020, as the Black Lives Matter protests continue during the Covid19 pandemic and the statues continue to fall. That won't help these families, but maybe it will save some other kids.

(Reposting May 2018, following yet another school shooting. We need to know this.)

I considered a lower rating, but Younge makes the subject so compelling and the people so familiar, I don't know how he could have done it any better.

WARNING: if you have lost someone through sudden violence,
Oct 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Another Day in the Death of America is an interesting and stark look at the effects of gun violence in the United States. Gary Young is a UK born journalist who has been living in the United States for a number of years. He decided to take a random day in 2013 and look at all of the deaths of children caused by guns that day. His definition of children is fairly expansive, but he looks in some detail at the deaths of 10 children, ranging in age from 7 years old to 19 years -- which is close to t ...more
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio, not-fiction
"Brilliantly reported, quietly indignant, and utterly gripping. A book to be read through tears."-NAOMI KLEIN

I don't know who Naomi Klein is, but she is spot on with that quote. Gary Younge, an accomplished journalist, a Briton, and a black man, searches for understanding of these daily senseless killings and their anonymous victims. Like Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, this book haunts me with it's powerful message about a heartbreaking trend in the America that I don't see or
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Dec 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read2016
It isn't about gun control.

Well, it is and isn't.

Gary Younge takes a look at ten children/teens who died by gunshot in the course of one day in America. Rather than the mind-numbing data of total number of people killed, he examines each life in its own context of socioeconomics, family, education, gang connections (or not), race, etc.

The author himself is transplanted from the UK, living in an area of Chicago where suddenly he has to worry about his own children living inside these data point
Aug 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
November 23, 2013. There's nothing remarkable about the 24 hours that made up that day, no reason the date sticks out in our collective memory. Five years later, there won't be a nationwide memorial scheduled, and we won't glance down at the calendar and gasp: "has it really been that long since...?" No, November 23, 2013 was just a typical, average day in America. And that means 10 children died from gun violence.

Author Gary Younge tells the story of these ten lives tragically cut short, and, i
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
I write this review on July of 2017. We are halfway into 2017 and United States of America is already on it's way to making 2017 one of the deadliest years for people killed by cops.

Does that shock you? It shouldn't. This has been coming for a long time. And keep watching, under our newly elected nationalists, 2018 will be the next deadliest year.

In Another Day in the Death of America, Gary Younge captures the stories of 10 people who were killed on just another average day in the US. He tackle
Dec 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
By coincidence, I finished this book on the same day I finished A Mother’s Reckoning, Sue Klebold’s book about the Columbine shootings. A more depressing pair of books I defy you to find. I felt that Klebold could have gone further in calling for gun control, but that’s not really a fight anyone can win in America, so most people don’t even try. (Keep in mind the terrible irony that the NRA carried on with their 1999 convention the very month of Columbine, even though it took place in nearby Den ...more
Sep 22, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: BBC Radio Listeners
Recommended to Bettie by: Laura

Description: On Saturday 23rd November 2013, ten children were shot dead in the US. The youngest was nine, the oldest was nineteen. They fell in suburbs, hamlets and ghettos. None made the national news. It was just another day in the death of America, where on average seven children and teens are killed by guns daily. Gary Younge picked 23rd November at random, and set out to tell the stories of the lives lost during that single day.

First is Jaiden
Jul 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Gary Younge picked a random day- November 23rd, 2013 to research child deaths by gun. I was all riled up about the concept of this book. Let's give a name to those that lost their lives and have nothing to show for it, opening up a patch of America that has been fighting to stay silent. I thought that this was a brilliant idea especially given the current environment and all the unnecessary shootings.

10 children (under the age of 19) were shot within the 24 hours of November 23rd. Some were acci
Alice Lippart
Nov 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Interesting topic, but the writing felt a little repetitive and dry after a while.
Oct 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, non-fiction
This was a very important but also difficult book to read. Gary Younge, a British journalist living and working in the US, sets out to tell the stories of the ten children and teenagers that were killed on a day he picked more or less at random. Thus he manages to give faces to the statistics and effectively shows how much of a problem the abundance of guns is.

To be fair, he didn't really need to convince me of the fact that there is something seriously wrong when on average seven children die
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
First a disclaimer. Because I was there and witnessed the Southwest side of Chicago, I read the beginning chapters and then that Chicago section on Tyshon Anderson. And both told me enough to know that I wouldn't want to spend my time reading the rest. That's all I read.

First the methodology is false to causes of death, IMHO. Tyshon didn't die because of guns he died because of criminal gangs. Second he has the progression and actual history of South side neighbors, both in formations and in con
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general, politics
Another Day in the Death of America – Life is cheap

Gary Younge latest book is just about one day in America at random, which happened to be Saturday 23rd November 2013, on which like any other day ten children and teens were killed by gunfire. The youngest being nine and the oldest was nineteen a sad indictment on the state of America as all these deaths rarely raised any news interest, other than Younge’s.

What Younge’s investigation reveals is a portrait of the vulnerability of the young in Am
Aug 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
* I was sent this for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review *

This book was exactly what I thought it would be. It's a book about gun control and gun death in America. The author is a reporter who decided to embark on a project, documenting all the deaths of young people in America within a single 24-hour period, as a result of guns. This book ONLY focuses on the deaths as a result of guns, nothing else... There are still 10 deaths.

What I think this book is good for, is making
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I was lucky enough to snag a galley of this Editor’s Buzz pick when I attended Book Expo America in May. Younge, an author and columnist for the Guardian and Nation, uses the lens of a single day to explore the uniquely American phenomenon of children killed by gun violence. The stories of the 10 children killed on Nov. 23, 2013 are each harrowing in their own ways, but Younge takes the book even further, looking at the wide range of social, economic, and political factors that contribute to Ame ...more
Liz Janet
The first thing I heard when researching this book was that it was a gun legislation book, it is not that at all. This is a work about a country with almost non-existent gun control, and ten of the victims and their families’ stories, in the events of one single day. We follow kids who were shot by their mother’s ex-boyfriends, by people who mistook their identity, by other gang members, and through the small snippets of the event, we discover how society simply moves on.

Day by day, people are m
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This review is taking me embarrassingly long to finish. Another Day in the Death of America is such an important and emotional book, I keep sitting here, typing sentences and immediately deleting them. I feel like I cannot do it justice. This book… is so very good.

Gary Younge has a real talent for writing persuasive essays, but he manages to keep a steady and convincing flow throughout a full length book too. Not even for an instant does it feel dragged out or p
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: nonfiction
November 23, 2013 was an ordinary day for most of us. That's the whole point of author Gary Younge's book. Within the span of 24 hours of this ordinary day, he chronicles ten shootings which took the lives of youths under the age of 21. The youngest was nine; the oldest was 19. None of these deaths were part of mass shootings. None of the victims could claim 15 minutes of fame. No headlines heralded their passing. That too is a point Younge is making. Gun deaths for even children have become the ...more
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another Day in the Death of America: A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives is the harrowing story of 10 children murdered on just one day by men and women wielding guns. Younge randomly picked November 23rd, 2013, and he chronicled the deaths and short lives of the young people who were murdered within those 24 hours. His decision to use random selection aptly reflects the daily horror that afflicts American communities most ravaged by gun violence. If Younge had chosen any other day, an entirely diffe ...more
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was amazing.

If you don't think you need to read it, see how many of these dead children's names you've heard on the news in the past 72 hours.

As of today, 3rd January 2017 there have been 25 child and teen deaths this year and it's barely Tuesday lunchtime in America.

This book isn't as depressing as you might think, but it's not exactly lighthearted reading material. Nor is it preaching that all GUNS
The first story in this book set a tone that I wish was present throughout the entire book. Younge's strength was gaining access to narratives from the families and people involved (for example, Jaiden's mother, Camilla in Edwin's case, Tyler's family). Many families (understandably) did not want to be interviewed for this book, so when Younge couldn't get access to families or friends, he pondered semi-related issues such as teen social media use, teen psychology and brain development, or what ...more
Sep 20, 2017 rated it liked it
This author confuses me. He states the book is not about gun control but then goes on to elaborate instances where the NRA has opposed and stymied any past efforts to introduce, nay, even discuss, gun safety measures. He also states it's not about race but seems, at least to me, to imply more and more as the book continues, that racial discrimination and segregation are the main reasons for the poverty, hopelessness and wretched environments which give rise, inevitably, to gun violence.

Yes, the
Jun 08, 2016 marked it as to-read
"This is not a book about gun control, but about what happens in a country where it does not exist."
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Obviously written by a journalist. 24 hours in America. A war that we are not aware off. Very very disturbing. But everyone needs to know about it. Thank you to the author for going through the pain of writing this book.
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
I cannot recommend this enough. It's heartbreaking but something everyone needs to hear, whether you live in America or not. Younge's voice is perfect. A must read.
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With the US election making headlines daily, even here in Finland, I have found myself increasingly gravitating towards content focused on the US society. Ever since living in the US, and even before that really, I have found the demographics of the country extremely interesting -- it really is a melting pot of different religions, cultures, customs, races, etc. -- a place much bigger and much more varied that my home country. After reading the description of Gary Younge's Another Day in the Dea ...more
Richard Moss
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
The genius of Gary Younge's book is its simplicity. Take a random day in the US, and explore the events surrounding the gun-related deaths of the young people killed during that 24 hours.

The age range of those killed on the chosen date of November 23, 2013, spans from 9 to 19. The youngest case opens the book. A child shot by the ex-husband of his mother in a short and brutal moment.

There is a racial mix here, and a range of causes. There are gang-related deaths, but also apparent accidents and
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Gary Younge is an author, broadcaster and editor-at-large for The Guardian, based in London. He also writes a monthly column, Beneath the Radar, for the Nation magazine and is the Alfred Knobler Fellow for The Nation Institute. He has written five books: Another Day in the Death of America, A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives; The Speech, The Story Behind Martin Luther King’s Dream; Who Are We?, And Sh ...more

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