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Book Review: “Fire in the Ashes: Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America” by Jonathan Kozol

Written By: humarashid - Aug• 23•12

Fire in the Ashes: Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in AmericaFire in the Ashes: Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America by Jonathan Kozol

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have been a fan of Jonathan Kozol and his work since I read Savage Inequalities in college, and I was thrilled to be able to review an ARC of his newest book, exploring the intersection of race, poverty, and childhood in the South Bronx, illustrated by children and families near and dear to Kozol’s heart.

The book, which is a compilation of about a dozen stories, each one focusing on a different child or family, but framed under the general narrative of the effect of poverty and racism on education, is typical of Kozol’s style. His writing is clear and at times stark, free of flowery prose, incisive, and utterly effective.

 

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