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

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

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by Gary Younge
 

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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

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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, 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.

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times - Jennifer Senior
Another Day in the Death of America…is exactingly argued, fluidly written and extremely upsetting. This is your country on guns. A book like this has potential pitfalls, highhandedness not least among them. But Mr. Younge…makes for a personable, unusual narrator. As a Briton, he brings a fresh perspective to this topic. As a father and a man of Barbadian descent, his interest in it is also personal. "I had skin in the game," he writes. "Black skin in a game where the odds were stacked against it."
The New York Times Book Review - Thomas Vinciguerra
…compelling…Younge conveys [ten] personal histories with reportorial assurance and compassion. Woven throughout is a larger theme—this country's unique confluence of race, class and firearms.
Publishers Weekly
08/01/2016
Guardian journalist Younge (The Speech) chronicles the shooting deaths of 10 children and teens on a random Saturday in 2013 to illustrate the capriciousness of gun violence in America. The circumstances vary: one child is a victim of a domestic dispute; two were shot by friends playing with firearms; one was a known gang leader. While one shooting “tore at the very fabric of tight-knit community,” another elicited only an 81-word mention in the newspaper. Younge explores each incident in terms of its location, from the San Jose, Calif., enclave of the Nuestra Familia gang to rural Marlette, Mich., where hunting is popular. He discusses the flawed gun control narratives that require the “elevation and canonization of ‘the worthy victim’ ” to engage the public’s sympathy, and critiques the NRA’s lobbying practices as corrupt. He further castigates the entrenched racism and poverty that keep young African-Americans mired in a cycle of violence. Drawing from insights from community organizers and scholarship on violence, economics, and psychology, Younge provides nuance and context to a polarizing issue. The personal touches, however, are most affecting, as Younge pieces together each story from news reports and interviews with friends and family, weaving a tragic narrative of wasted potential. Agent: Frances Coady, Aragi. (Oct.)This review has been corrected to reflect the correct agent for the book.
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“…exactingly argued, fluidly written and extremely upsetting. This is your country on guns. A book like this has potential pitfalls, highhandedness not least among them. But Mr. Younge…makes for a personable, unusual narrator. As a Briton, he brings a fresh perspective to this topic. As a father and a man of Barbadian descent, his interest in it is also personal.” —New York Times

“…a sharp portrait of America, painted in blood.” —The Economist

“Sad, frustrating, but profoundly humane and ultimately illuminating, Another Day is political writing at its best.” —Oprah Magazine

“…his accounts and analysis are powerful…” —New York Times Sunday Book Review

“An often unbearable act of bearing witness…it's impossible to pretend we don't have a problem when we lose 10 young people in one day." —Boston Globe

“…[an] insightful book…” —Mary Mitchell, Chicago Sun-Times

“…a powerful and necessary accounting of one of the deadliest epidemics ever to sweep across America—and a call to action to do something about gun violence. Younge's writing is chilling, urgent and profound; his reportage deeply personalizes the victims, making them come alive through the memories of those who knew them during their short lives.” —The Root

“Younge brings a clear-eyed perspective to this fraught topic… A heartrending compendium of the lives of American children taken by guns on an average day. Gripping and eloquent yet challenging in the brutality of its subject, this important book calls for empathy and should be widely read.” —Library Journal, Starred Review

“A heart-rending, beautifully crafted book…Important, deeply affecting, and certain to alarm readers who care about the lives of children in a gun-ridden society.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

“Heartbreaking, compelling and inspiring, this is a strong voice for the victims of many devastatingly silent, daily tragedies.” —Shelf Awareness, Starred Review

“This book is a righteous challenge to the big insanities of American society: gun ubiquity, racism, poverty, and the supine and bland media that taboos genuine discourse on them. It's all the more daring and subversive for its controlled and mannered tone as it breaks the unwritten law: thou shall not humanize the victims of this ongoing carnage.” —Irvine Welsh, author of Trainspotting

"Another Day in the Death of America is the kind of book that instantly changes you. There's no way to walk away from these ten stories of children who were all victims of gun violence on the same day and not feel the heat of anger and despair about the gun culture that creates a seemingly inescapable cycle of violence in America. Gary Younge trains his considerable talents on one day, that could have been any of our bullet and blood filled days, and sketches the lives of the real people who suffer so much for our inability to act. We need to know them." —Mychal Denzel Smith, author of Invisible Man Got The Whole World Watching

“[Younge provides] nuance and context to a polarizing issue…The personal touches, however, are most affecting, as Younge pieces together each story from news reports and interviews with friends and family, weaving a tragic narrative of wasted potential.” —Publishers Weekly

"A heartrending compendium of the lives of American children taken by guns on an average day. Gripping and eloquent yet challenging in the brutality of its subject, this important book calls for empathy and should be widely read." —Library Journal, Starred Review

“Gun control remains one of the most polarizing topics in America. To give a human face to the issue, Younge, editor-at-large for The Guardian, investigates the stories of 10 people who died by gunshot on a random day—November 23, 2013…Younge states that “researching and writing this book has made me want to scream.” Most readers will feel that way reading it, as there are no easy fixes here.” —Booklist

"Younge's anecdotal style has a measured strength." —Chicago Tribune

"Despite the composure of his writing, there is passion in Younge's condemnation of a system that renders the poor and the dark in America invisible. In illuminating the stories of some of these people and of their communities, Younge has provided us with a beautifully told and empathic account that wrenches at the heart even as it continues to engage the brain." —The Guardian

“…a book that feels both timely and utterly, hopelessly timeless…” —Financial Times

“A subtle yet searing condemnation of U.S. gun culture & indifference to endemic gun violence." —The Atlantic

"A masterclass in journalism…” —The Spectator (UK)

“In thoughtful, evenhanded chapters stacked with footnotes, Younge works methodically to uncover the unique patterns and hypocrisies of his adopted second home….‘Another Day' doesn't offer solutions, because it can't; it just makes it impossible not to care.” —Entertainment Weekly

"Despite the composure of his writing, there is passion in Younge's condemnation of a system that renders the poor and the dark in America invisible. In illuminating the stories of some of these people and of their communities, Younge has provided us with a beautifully told and empathic account that wrenches at the heart even as it continues to engage the brain." —The Guardian

“This is Gary Younge's masterwork: you will never read news reports about gun violence the same way again. Brilliantly reported, quietly indignant and utterly gripping. A book to be read through tears.” —Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything and The Shock Doctrine

“Gary Younge's Another Day in the Death of America is a harrowing account of children's lives cut short by the ubiquity of violence in the United States. Drawn from suburbs and cities of every demographic, these sensitively researched portraits of virtually unknown victims and their grieving families expose the structural ties of race, class, and lack of gun control. Younge's book completes the picture of what violence looks like in contemporary America, and should be required reading for anyone naming themselves American.” —Claudia Rankine, author of Citizen

"Formidably intelligent and tenacious. A tour de force of regulated passion."—Martin Amis

Library Journal
★ 09/15/2016
During 24 hours in November 2013, ten people ages nine to 19 were shot and killed, not counting any suicides, which Younge (No Place Like Home) indicates were little reported. All boys, the youth include two murdered by friends playing with guns, one by the father of his half brother, and some whose attackers and motives are unknown. A British journalist of Barbadian descent who lived in the United States for 12 years, Younge brings a clear-eyed perspective to this fraught topic. He mourns and is angry but tempers his emotional response, judiciously and compellingly sharing pertinent realities, including the ubiquity of recognition by black parents that their child might die and an injustice known to families of color: the perceived moral character of a victim affects the public assessment of the "wrongness" of the killing. Younge also corrects misperceptions of black culture that inform the dangerous idea that the black community is rife with unfit parents and that "black-on-black" crime is a special category. VERDICT A heartrending compendium of the lives of American children taken by guns on an average day. Gripping and eloquent yet challenging in the brutality of its subject, this important book calls for empathy and should be widely read. A film adaptation starring David Oyelowo is in development.—Janet Ingraham Dwyer, State Lib. of Ohio, Columbus
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2016-08-21
The tragic stories of 10 kids killed by gunfire.In this heart-rending, beautifully crafted book, Guardian editor at large Younge (The Speech: The Story Behind Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream, 2013, etc.) explores the least-known but most common form of American gun violence involving children and teenagers—not mass school shootings but single, isolated killings, an average of seven daily, in neighborhoods across the country. For 18 months, he investigated the lives of victims between the ages of 9 and 19 who were shot dead on an arbitrarily selected date (Nov. 23, 2013) in varying circumstances: while opening a door, from a passing car, while walking home at 1 a.m. from a McDonald’s, while playing with a gun with a friend. The victims are all poor, working-class males (seven black, two Hispanic, one white) who made poor decisions in “a brutalizing, unforgiving environment.” In Younge’s empathetic telling, they are seen as vulnerable children, some innocent, some not so, all loved by their families. The victims include Tyshon Anderson, 18, a Chicago gang member; Samuel Brightmon, 16, a trusting black kid caught in random gunfire in Dallas; Edwin Rajo, 16, an impulsive Honduran whose girlfriend did not realize there was a bullet in the gun’s chamber; and Tyler Dunn, 11, slain accidentally during rural Michigan’s hunting season. The author discusses such factors as the availability of guns, the challenges of parenting in poor neighborhoods, and the development of adolescent brains. “When it comes to protecting children around guns, parents are flawed and laws are clearly inadequate,” he writes. Younge says fear of gun violence in impoverished areas is such that one mother was happy her 14-year-old son was locked up—“it was safer for him to be incarcerated than to live in the neighborhood.” Important, deeply affecting, and certain to alarm readers who care about the lives of children in a gun-ridden society.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781568589756
Publisher:
PublicAffairs
Publication date:
10/04/2016
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
57,150
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author


Gary Younge, an Alfred Knobler Fellow at the Nation Institute, is an award-winning columnist for the Guardian and Nation and an acclaimed author. In 2009 he won the British James Cameron award for his coverage of the 2008 presidential election, and in 2015 he won the Foreign Commentator of the Year Award. His most recent book is The Speech: The Story Behind Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream. His previous books include Who Are We — and Should it Matter in the Twenty-First Century?, Stranger in a Strange Land: Encounters in the Disunited States, and No Place Like Home: A Black Briton's Journey through the American South. Formerly the Belle Zeller Visiting Professor of public policy and social administration at Brooklyn College, CUNY, he has two honorary degrees from British universities.

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Another Day in the Death of America: A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Grim, thoughtful, and thought-provoking. Recommended.