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Fire in the Ashes: Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America

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  • Posted August 30, 2012

    I'm something of a sociology buff. I enjoy hearing about other p

    I'm something of a sociology buff. I enjoy hearing about other people's lives, journeys, struggles, etc., without being bombarded with statistics and studies. Jonathan Kozol is a great chronicler of the lives of impoverished children as evidenced in his bestselling book, Savage Inequalities.


    Kozol spent time in a neighborhood in the Bronx, known to be one of the poorest urban areas in the country. He came to know several families, most who were relocated there after the closing of several "hotels" that housed the homeless in Manhattan. He tells their stories while also educating us on the cultural, social, economic, and political reasons behind the circumstances they find themselves in. Yes, these mainly Black and Latino children have been "left behind" by most of society, there are some happy endings. A couple are able to escape geographically. A few are able to escape educationally.


    The best thing about Kozol's books is that he isn't just an impartial observer. He does his best to help those who need and want it and has even set up a foundation to help the families in his books. I recommend Fire In The Ashes to anyone with an interest in education and the plight of poor children in this country.

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    Posted December 29, 2013

    I personally thought that this book was very eye opening to the

    I personally thought that this book was very eye opening to the life of children who live in poverty. I knew that there were people living in poverty, but not how large the numbers were or the impact that poverty could have on children. I also didn't know just how bad the conditions were for some people. Jonathan Kozol opened my eyes to a new world, one I am not familiar with. He told stories of children and their families and what they went through. You couldn't help but sympathize with them as you learned their stories. Kozol also made a point that the success stories of poverty usually included an outside source intervening. I learned that it is very hard to get out of poverty on your own. People who live in poverty are really strong willed people. Just looking at them, you might think that it is all their fault for living like they do, but for some of them its not. They go through a lot and have to be strong to make it through and to have a chance at getting out. Kozol showed this through his sharing of the stories of the people he came in contact with. Overall this was a very good book. It was well written, easy to read, and opened my eyes to the world of poverty.  

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  • Posted September 6, 2012

    Excellent follow up to his previous books.

    Excellent follow up to his previous books.

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