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"'Must reading' for civil-rights leaders, leaders of advocacy organizations for the poor, and for elected officials in our major urban centers."—Bernard C. Watson, Journal of Negro Education
"Required reading for anyone, presidential candidate or private citizen, who really wants to address the growing plight of the black urban underclass."—David J. Garrow, Washington Post Book World
Selected by the editors of the New York Times Book Review as one of the sixteen best books of 1987.
Winner of the 1988 C. Wright Mills Award of the Society for the Study of Social Problems.
Posted April 6, 2010
This book is certainly compelling, and a must read for anyone interested in the plight of the urban poor and the institutionalized means by which we keep them urban poor. Not too much has really changed since it was written, and what has changed does not at all make it inaccessible. Easy to read, simple to understand, its just not as earth-shattering as I might have liked.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.