Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families

Lukas, J. Anthony

Published by Alfred A. Knopf, 1985
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First edition, stated. Signed by the author (1933-1997) on the half-title page: "J. Anthony Lukas." This book, Lukas's penultimate one, won Lukas a National Book Award in 1985 and a Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction in 1986. Bound in dark blue cloth-covered boards with a blind "JAL" imprint on the front board and gold lettering on the spine. A dozen-word "Happy Birthday" note from one former owner to another in ink on the front endpaper, else unmarked; book is square; corners sharp, spine ends bumped. The dust jacket is not price-clipped (original price $19.95); edgewear at spine ends and corners; flaps creased; a half-inch closed tear to the top of the back panel; some fading to the red lettering on the spine; a "Personally Autographed Just for You B. Dalton Bookseller" banner laid horizontally over the dust jacket; Brodart protected. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: Probes the school integration crisis that shattered Boston during the decade 1968-1978 through portraits of three families--black, Irish and Yankee

Review: The climax of this humane account of 10 years in Boston that began with news of Martin Luther King's assassination, is a watershed moment in the city's modern history--the 1974 racist riots that followed the court-ordered busing of kids to integrate the schools. To bring understanding to that moment, Lukas, a former New York Times journalist, focuses on two working-class families, headed by an Irish-American widow and an African-American mother, and on the middle-class family of a white liberal couple. Lukas goes beyond stereotypes, carefully grounding each perspective in its historical roots, whether in the antebellum South, or famine-era Ireland. In the background is the cast of public figures--including Judge Garrity, Mayor White, and Cardinal Cushing--with cameo roles in this disturbing history that won the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction.

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Title: Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the ...
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Publication Date: 1985
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Very Good +
Edition: First Edition.

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