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Brothers: Black and Poor a True Story of Courage and Survival (Newsweek Book)

Monroe, Sylvester, Goldman, Peter, Smith, Vern E.

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ISBN 10: 068807622X / ISBN 13: 9780688076221
Published by William Morrow & Co, 1988
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Title: Brothers: Black and Poor a True Story of ...

Publisher: William Morrow & Co

Publication Date: 1988

Book Condition: Good

Edition: 1st.

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They came of age during the '60s in a Chicago ghetto, bound by the ties of race, class and culture and dreaming of a better life. Newsweek reporter Sylvester Monroe returns to chronicle the lives of his friends in a stark, brutally honest study of the fate of poor black men in America. HC: Morrow.

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Twelve men who grew up in a black South Chicago housing project participated in this portrait-study by a Newsweek team headed by Monroe, a former resident of the same ghetto and now the magazine's Washington correspondent, and editor Goldman, coauthor of Charlie Company, etc. Despite the lack of a male role model in their families, which were headed by single mothers in a racially isolated, impoverished enclave, most of the then teenagers had dreams, the usually futile pursuit of which and resulting anger they discuss here with a singular lack of self-pity. Some of them sought quick rewards as hustlers and outlaws, and others found transient glory in basketball, gang warfare and the military. Several "brothers" aspired to the American Dream of job, home, wife and perhaps a luxury car, or settled for waiting for the state lottery big hit. Under affirmative action, a select few obtained a good education and succeeded in the mainstream world, leaving behind those who failed to break out of the "cycle of despair." Photos not seen by PW. BOMC and QPBC selections.
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