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Within the next few pages here I intend to address two issues First I will try togive a personal review of what I saw this book to hold and second I will try explain therevelence which this book has to the field of Public Administration First try to picturechildren in a slum where the squalor in their homes is just as bad as that which is in thestreets Where prostitution is rampant thievery a common place and murder and death adaily occurrence Crack-cocaine and heroin are sold in corner markets and the dead eyesof men and women wandering about aimlessly in the streets of Mott Haven are all tocommon Their bodies riddled with disease disease which seems to control theneighborhood This is Mott Haven in New York Citys South Bronx the outback of thisAmerican nations poorest congressional district also the setting of Jonathan Kozolsdisturbing representation of poverty in this country The stories which are capturedAmazing Grace are told in the simplest terms They are told by children who have seentheir parents die of AIDS and other disease by mothers who complain about teenagersbagging dope and loading guns on fire escapes by clergy who teach the poor to fightinjustice and by police who are afraid to answer 911 calls Kozol seems to be disparageabout the situation of the poor in American today especially when more and more thepoor are blamed for being poor Kozols portrait of life in Mott Haven is gentle andpassionate Even though rats may chew through apartment walls in the homes of MottHaven the children still say their prayers at night What seems to bother Kozol is thatmany people do not even want to look at this picture of America but in Amazing Gracehe dares us to recognize it does exist Kozol spent a year wandering through Mott Haven and its neighboringcommunities visiting churches schools hospitals parks and homes Talking with parentsand kids social workers religious leaders and principals and teachers struggling to
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