Another Day in the Death of America

Another Day in the Death of America

A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives

Book - 2016
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Winner of the 2017 J. Anthony Lukas Prize Shortlisted for the 2017 Hurston/Wright Foundation Award Finalist for the 2017 Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism Longlisted for the 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Non Fiction
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, and on their own doorsteps. From the rural Midwest to the barrios of Texas, the narrative crisscrosses the country over a period of twenty-four hours to reveal the full human stories behind the gun-violence statistics and the brief mentions in local papers of lives lost.

This powerful and moving work puts a human face-a child's face-on the "collateral damage" of gun deaths across the country. This is not a book about gun control, but about what happens in a country where it does not exist. What emerges in these pages is a searing and urgent portrait of youth, family, and firearms in America today.
Publisher: New York :, Nation Books,, [2016]
Edition: First print edition
Copyright Date: ♭2016
ISBN: 9781568589756
Characteristics: xxii, 267 pages :,map


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Jul 07, 2017

Read this book if you want to understand America 2017.
The following quote from the book may encourage you to do so.
"Herein lies one of the most tragic elements to emerge from my research: that every black parent of a teenage child I spoke to had factored in the possibility that this (death by gunfire) might happen to their kid. Indeed, most of them had channeled their parenting skills into trying to stop precisely that from happening."

May 18, 2017

Read this book, not only for the stories of the 10 children killed by guns in the US on one day, a date chosen randomly by Younge, but also for his thoughtful analysis and well-documented arguments. There are so many things that could be done to prevent these killings ...

Oct 24, 2016

This book reminds me of my listening to NPR over the past five to six decades: listen to it in 1976, then in 2006, and there's nary a difference, zero serious content, just endless shallow reportage, non-enlightening. Since 2008 with the Koch brothers financing PBS, Frontline and most of NPR's so-called content, it is even worse!
Guns, guns, guns - - but never examine the underlying reasons, causes, motivations, et cetera, the loss of economies, jobs, opportunity, et cetera. When drug dealing offers - - in too many cases - - the ONLY upward mobility, be it in America or Mexico, expect violence, as long as it is outlawed, and violence of some sort will continue regardless. Gun control may sound ideal, but does it really address the issues, or just an easy out, instead of really investigating and researching the situation?
Just as the newsy floozies report the // Russians are behind those leaked emails, et cetera \\ with zero evidence submitted, and reality shows us they aren't the source, but probably still do have access - - their M.O. is to hold the info and do extortion, not what the newsy floozies would have us believe . . .


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Sep 03, 2017

This is not a book about race, though a disproportionate number off those who fell that day were black, and certain racial themes are unavoidable. It is not a book that sets out to compare the United States unfavourably with Britain, though it is written by a Briton to whom gun culture is alien. Finally, it is not a book about gun control; it is a book made possible by the absence of gun control.

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