New In Paperback

August 06, 2006

The Shame of the Nation By Jonathan Kozol

Three Rivers Press / 432 pages / $14.95

If you want to understand a root cause of America's mounting social and economic problems, you would do well to read this passionate report from Jonathan Kozol, a National Book Award winner who chronicles the increasing racial segregation of the nation's public school systems and vividly describes the inferior education provided to blacks and Hispanics in the largely urban segregated systems that lack the enriching classes and other opportunities provided in white middle-class schools. Kozol also issues a detailed proposal for public action to rescue the victimized children.

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