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

Lukas, J. Anthony

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ISBN 10: 0394411501 / ISBN 13: 9780394411507
Published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1985
Condition: Very Good + Hardcover
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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 # 007877

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Title: Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the ...

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, New York

Publication Date: 1985

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Good +

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition.

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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, and the American Book Award, the bestselling Common Ground is much more than the story of the busing crisis in Boston as told through the experiences of three families. As Studs Terkel remarked, it's "gripping, indelible...a truth about all large American cities."

"An epic of American city life...a story of such hypnotic specificity that we re-experience all the shades of hope and anger, pity and fear that living anywhere in late 20th-century America has inevitably provoked." —Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times

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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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