Another Day in the Death of America
24 hours. 8 states. 10 young lives lost to gun violence.
Saturday, 23rd November 2013. It was just another day in America. And as befits an unremarkable day, ten children and teens were killed by gunfire. Far from being considered newsworthy, these everyday fatalities are simply a banal fact.
The youngest was nine; the oldest nineteen. None made the news. There was no outrage at their passing. It was simply a day like any other day. Gary Younge picked it at random, searched for the families of these children and here, tells their stories. Another Day in the Death of America explores the way these children lived and lost their short lives, offering a searing portrait of the vulnerability of youth in contemporary America.
'Formidably intelligent and tenacious. A tour de force of regulated passion' (Martin Amis)
'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)
'This book is a righteous challenge to the big insanities of American society; gun ubiquity, racism, poverty and the supine and bland media which 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)
'A gripping account of the conditions that turn so many of America’s powerless into victims ... 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' (Gillian Slovo, The Observer)
'A magnificent piece of reportage ... a searing and often poignant snapshot of American life ... The book is written beautifully with elegance and heartfelt compassion' (David Pratt, Herald)
|Publisher||Guardian Faber Publishing|
|Publication date||1 June 2017|
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