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Daydreams and Nightmares: Reflections of a Harlem Childhood (Transaction Large Print Books)

Irving Louis Horowitz

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ISBN 10: 1560005106 / ISBN 13: 9781560005100
Published by Transaction Large Print, 1998
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Title: Daydreams and Nightmares: Reflections of a ...

Publisher: Transaction Large Print

Publication Date: 1998

Book Condition:Good

Edition: Lrg.

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This is the hard-edged true story of the making of a renowned sociologist. It is even more the story of a boy hustling to survive. A single playlet in the larger drama of American transformation, this candid memoir recounts the intensely personal story of a tormented youth spent in a ghetto within a ghetto: a small remnant community of Eastern European Jewish immigrants residing in predominantly black Harlem, eking out a marginal existence. The painful details of a boy's overcoming alienation and isolation in a hostile place and in an unloving family are finely drawn. This fascinating but sad memoir is somehow astonishingly uplifting: the sense of strength, self-reliance, and a life formed from movie houses, the Apollo Theater in its heyday, the Polo Grounds, Central Park, and the streets of Harlem is a lesson in the resilience of both the individual and America.

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Irving Louis Horowitz (1929-2012) was Hannah Arendt Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Political Science at Rutgers University. He was the founder and served as chairman of the board and editorial director of Transaction Publishers. 

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