Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade new arrival in the Lives of Three American 2021 Families outlet sale

Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade new arrival in the Lives of Three American 2021 Families outlet sale

Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade new arrival in the Lives of Three American 2021 Families outlet sale

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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, and the American Book Award, the bestselling  Common Ground is much more than the story of the busing crisis in Boston as told through the experiences of three families. As Studs Terkel remarked, it''s "gripping, indelible...a truth about all large American cities."

"An epic of American city life...a story of such hypnotic specificity that we re-experience all the shades of hope and anger, pity and fear that living anywhere in late 20th-century America has inevitably provoked." —Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times

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The climax of this humane account of 10 years in Boston that began with news of Martin Luther King''s assassination, is a watershed moment in the city''s modern history--the 1974 racist riots that followed the court-ordered busing of kids to integrate the schools. To bring understanding to that moment, Lukas, a former New York Times journalist, focuses on two working-class families, headed by an Irish-American widow and an African-American mother, and on the middle-class family of a white liberal couple. Lukas goes beyond stereotypes, carefully grounding each perspective in its historical roots, whether in the antebellum South, or famine-era Ireland. In the background is the cast of public figures--including Judge Garrity, Mayor White, and Cardinal Cushing--with cameo roles in this disturbing history that won the 1986 for nonfiction.

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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award and the American Book Award, this book examines school integration in Boston from the vantage points of three familiesone black and two white. PW stated that Common Ground is "highly readable and brings us as close as we are likely to get to the average person''s experiences of urban racial tensions."
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"A huge and marvelous work." —Kai Erikson, front page, The New York Times Book Review

"A book of such force and clarity that its just praise would require language long rendered empty by jacket blurbs. To say that Common Ground is about busing in Boston is a bit like saying that Moby-Dick is about whaling in New Bedford." —Robert B. Parker, Chicago Tribune

"An American classic, a book that will find a place not merely in the shelves where our national history is recorded but also in those where our literature is kept." —Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post

"A big book—monumental in scope, rich in historical detail, challenging in its conclusions and compassionate in its portraiture of the three families: the black Twymons, the Irish McGoffs, and the Yankee Divers." —Fox Butterfield, The New Republic

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Winner of 3 different awards, this is a story of the busing crisis in Boston.

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Winner of 3 different awards, this is a story of the busing crisis in Boston.

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J. Anthony Lucas was born in New York City and graduated from Harvard College. After four years on the  Baltimore Sun, he joined  The New York Times, serving as a correspondent at the United Nations, in Washington, in Africa, India, Korea, Japan, and Australia, as Roving National Correspondent, and as a staff writer for  The New York Times Magazine. In 1972, he left the paper to freelance and to write books. Mr Lukas has received the Pulitzer Prize twice: for Special Local Reporting in 1968 and for Common Ground in 1986. He has also won the American Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, the George Polk Memorial Award, the Mike Berger Award, and the Page One Award. He has been a Nieman, Kennedy, and Guggenheim Fellow and has taught at Harvard, Yale, and Boston University. His previous books include  The Barnyard Epithet and Other Obscenities: Notes on the Chicago Conspiracy TrialDon''t Shoot—We Are Your Children!; and Nightmare: the Underside of the Nixon Years.

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clutchhitter
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Unbelievable slice of 70s history
Reviewed in the United States on September 7, 2019
The author himself summed it up nicely: in trying to fix a race problem, we created a class problem. This book is an incredibly researched (sometimes overly so) novelistic approach to the busing issue in Boston, but it tells the story from all sides: the press,... See more
The author himself summed it up nicely: in trying to fix a race problem, we created a class problem.

This book is an incredibly researched (sometimes overly so) novelistic approach to the busing issue in Boston, but it tells the story from all sides: the press, the politics, 3 individual families, judges, etc.

At the end of this book you will have a much deeper appreciation of racial politics in America then ever before.
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T. Glenn
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Excellent, but way too long
Reviewed in the United States on August 22, 2011
The book does a wonderful job at providing insight into how the forced busing decision in 1970''s Boston impacted all socio-economic groups who lived through the chaos and violence that sharply divided the city. It provides excellent perspective in detailing how... See more
The book does a wonderful job at providing insight into how the forced busing decision in 1970''s
Boston impacted all socio-economic groups who lived through the chaos and violence that sharply
divided the city. It provides excellent perspective in detailing how all the groups were adversely effected both on a direct basis by the consequences of having their children bussed into other
schools and by the mutual anomosity that was enflamed within the city. The book also does an excellent job in providing detail into the inter-connecting roles of the politicians, church, and judiciary in both antagonizing and attempting to quell the damage done to the various Boston communities. The escape to the suburbs by many wealthier (mostly white) families to avoid the social debacle, provides stark contrast to the limited options available to the poor.

My only negative criticism of the book is that it spends much too much time providing historical
details, particularly on the 3 families involved, which provides negligible insight to the events of the time. This makes the book unecessarily long and makes following the chronology of
events more difficult than it needs to be.
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iggy
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Interesting
Reviewed in the United States on October 26, 2020
A bit confusing and slow to reach a point
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ronald j chiodi
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Truthful!
Reviewed in the United States on April 21, 2021
Poignant and quite fascinating!
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Condor Reads
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Brilliant
Reviewed in the United States on September 14, 2015
Brilliant, comprehensive, in-depth look not just at busing in Boston, but at the history of class, race, education, politics and journalism in Boston. Reads like a novel but is fact-filled, thoughtful, and restrained.
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Joe Flynn
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I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who takes interest in social ...
Reviewed in the United States on March 16, 2015
As a resident of Boston and someone who was in high school during this particular period of time, I was very intrigued by Common Ground. It is incredibly well written and the background information of the central characters absolutely provides a solid reference point for... See more
As a resident of Boston and someone who was in high school during this particular period of time, I was very intrigued by Common Ground. It is incredibly well written and the background information of the central characters absolutely provides a solid reference point for their individual perspectives. The author does a remarkable job at explaining the ''behind the scenes'' dynamics of the three families in question and by doing so, brings to light the impact of forced busing. I was marveled by the simple fact that there were no heroes or demons - just very ordinary people caught up in the well intended, but poorly executed mandates of the judicial system.
It is important to remember that this highly volatile event in history was a small part of a legacy of activism in Boston. Forced busing, and the subsequent turmoil was systematic to the city-wide spirit of revolt and protest over a multitude of social issues. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who takes interest in social activism or urban study.
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Whitney Tibolt
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All you need to know about Boston history
Reviewed in the United States on April 10, 2020
Mind-blowing account of busing in Boston and the history of race and neighborhoods. A fascinating look at the powers that shaped desegregation: school committee, politicians, Catholic Church, community organizations. Nobody comes out looking clean.
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Great narrative history
Reviewed in the United States on April 23, 2015
Reads like a novel, which is the best thing you can say about a history. Brings the time and people alive, giving detailed histories of all the parties, including their family histories, that shows how deep their roots are in the city.
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Outstanding book. Rich in details. You are There as you read it. Magnificent accomplishment.
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