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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"On an average day in America, seven young people aged nineteen or under will be shot dead. In Another Day in the Death of America, award-winning Guardian journalist Gary Younge tells the stories of the lives lost during the course of a single day in the United States. It could have been any day, but Younge has chosen November 23, 2013. From Jaiden Dixon (9), shot point-blank by his mother's ex-boyfriend on his doorstep in Ohio, to Pedro Dado Cortez (16), shot by an enemy gang on a street corner in California, the narrative crisscrosses the country over a period of twenty-four hours to reveal the powerful human stories behind the statistics. Far from a dry account of gun policy in the United States or a polemic about the dangers of gun violence, the book is a gripping chronicle of an ordinary but deadly day in American life, and a series of character portraits of young people taken from us far too soon and those they left behind. Whether it's a father's unspeakable grief over his son who was at the wrong place at the wrong time, a mentor who tries to channel his rage by organizing, or a friend and neighbor who finds strength in faith, the lives lost on that day and the lives left behind become, in Younge's hands, impossible to ignore, or to forget. What emerges in these pages is a searing portrait of youth, family, and the way that lives can be shattered in an instant on any day in America. At a time when it has become indisputable that Americans need to rethink their position on guns, this moving narrative work puts a human face--a child's face--on the "collateral damage" of gun deaths across the country. In his journalism, Younge is committed to challenging conventional wisdom and looking twice where others might look away. There are some things, he argues, that we have come to see as normal, even when they are unacceptable. And gun violence is one of them. A clear-eyed and iconoclastic approach to this contentious issue, this book helps answer the questions so many of us are grappling with, and makes it even harder to just look away"--
On an average day in America, seven young people aged nineteen or under will be shot dead. Younge chose November 23, 2013, with ten such deaths, and over a period of twenty-four hours reveals the powerful human stories behind the statistics. The result is a gripping chronicle of an ordinary but deadly day in American life, and a series of character portraits of young people taken from us far too soon and those they left behind.
Publisher: New York : Nation Books, [2016]
Edition: First print edition
Copyright Date: ♭2016
ISBN: 9781568589756
1568589751
Branch Call Number: 303.60835 Y881A 2016
Characteristics: xxii, 267 pages ; 24 cm

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JohnHy
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."

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uncommonreader
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 ...

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StarGladiator
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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Hadley
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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