Author(s): Gary Younge
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On an average day in America, seven young people aged nineteen or under will be shot dead. In Another Day in the Death of America, award-winning Guardian journalist Gary Younge tells the stories of the lives lost during the course of a single day in the United States. It could have been any day, but Younge has chosen November 23, 2013. From Jaiden Dixon (9), shot point-blank by his mother's ex-boyfriend on his doorstep in Ohio, to Pedro Dado Cortez (16), shot by an enemy gang on a street corner in California, the narrative crisscrosses the country over a period of twenty-four hours to reveal the powerful human stories behind the statistics.
Far from a dry account of gun policy in the United States or a polemic about the dangers of gun violence, the book is a gripping chronicle of an ordinary but deadly day in American life, and a series of character portraits of young people taken from us far too soon and those they left behind. Whether it's a father's unspeakable grief over his son who was at the wrong place at the wrong time, a mentor who tries to channel his rage by organizing, or a friend and neighbor who finds strength in faith, the lives lost on that day and the lives left behind become, in Younge's hands, impossible to ignore-or to forget. What emerges in these pages is a searing portrait of youth, family, and the way that lives can be shattered in an instant on any day in America.
At a time when it has become indisputable that Americans need to rethink their position on guns, this moving narrative work puts a human face-a child's face-on the "collateral damage" of gun deaths across the country. In his journalism, Younge is committed to challenging conventional wisdom and looking twice where others might look away. There are some things, he argues, that we have come to see as normal, even when they are unacceptable. And gun violence is one of them. A clear-eyed and iconoclastic approach to this contentious issue, this book helps answer the questions so many of us are grappling with, and makes it even harder to just look away.
24 hours. 8 states. 10 young lives lost to gun violence. A moving portrait of childhood and youth in contemporary American, by award-winning Guardian writer.
Gary Younge is an award-winning journalist for the GUARDIAN and THE NATION magazine in the US. He was posted to the US for the GUARDIAN for 12 years before returning to London in 2015. In 2009 he won the James Cameron Award for the "combined moral vision and professional integrity" of his coverage of the Obama campaign. In 2015 he won the David Nyhan Prize for Political Journalism from Harvard's Shorenstein Center. "It's the powerless on whose behalf he writes," said the centre's acting director. Younge's previous books include THE SPEECH, WHO ARE WE?, STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND and NO PLACE LIKE HOME. Formerly the Belle Zeller Visiting Professor of Public Policy and Social Administration at Brooklyn College, CUNY, he is also the Alfred Knobler Fellow for The Nation Institute. @garyyounge