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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 minutes 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.
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By Zack on 06-12-17
The author's exploration into the lives of ten kids killed by guns on a particular day is as thoughtful and pointed as it is depressing and aggravating. It's a book that shouldn't have to be written, but needed to be.
The reader was fine, but there was an affect on the voice which I found distracting. Specifically, he had a propensity for not finishing the ends of words, which frequently pulled me out of the narrative.