The Corner

The Corner

A Year in the Life of An Inner-city Neighborhood

Book - 1998
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At the center of the narrative is fifteen-year-old DeAndre McCullough. DeAndre's parents, Gary and Fran, were once poised, against all odds, to pull themselves up and out of West Baltimore. But when they themselves stumble and then succumb to the corner's temptations, DeAndre's future hangs in the balance. Smart and streetwise, he is both drawn to and wary of the drug trade that flourishes beyond his rowhouse steps. Can he rise above his parents' addiction, or will he, too, become a casualty of the corner? Through the prism of just one desolate crossroads, Simon and Burns offer chilling assessments of why law enforcement policies, moral crusades, and the welfare system have done so little for our inner cities. The Corner will forever alter our view of the so-called war on drugs, even as it compels us to look deep into the hearts and minds of all those who live in America's abandoned places.
Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, 1998
Edition: First trade paperback edition
ISBN: 9780767900300
Branch Call Number: 364.17709 Si535C 1998
Characteristics: 543 pages : illustrations, map ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Burns, Edward 1946-


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Feb 02, 2017

An extensive year long look at the open air drug markets in inner city Baltimore during 1993. This journalistic book looks at the lives of many different addicts and their families and the effects that addictions have on their lives. The book is quite graphic in the descriptions of how these lives are lived. The author's were behind "The Wire" which aired for 5 seasons on HBO. Though these are not the characters in that series you can see some similarities to some. The pacing is well done and reads like a novel. Definitely worth reading.

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