Another Day in the Death of America: A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives

Another Day in the Death of America: A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives

by Gary Younge


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A timely chronicle of what is now an ordinary day in America, where gun violence regularly takes the lives of children and teens, and leaves shattered families in its wake.

Winner of the 2017 J. Anthony Lukas Prize
Shortlisted for the 2017 Hurston/Wright Foundation Award
Finalist for the 2017 Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism
Longlisted for the 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Non Fiction

On an average day in America, seven children and teens will be shot dead. In Another Day in the Death of America, award-winning journalist Gary Younge tells the stories of the lives lost during one such day. It could have been any day, but he chose November 23, 2013. Black, white, and Latino, aged nine to nineteen, they fell at sleepovers, on street corners, in stairwells, and on their own doorsteps. From the rural Midwest to the barrios of Texas, the narrative crisscrosses the country over a period of twenty-four hours to reveal the full human stories behind the gun-violence statistics and the brief mentions in local papers of lives lost.

This powerful and moving work puts a human face-a child's face-on the "collateral damage" of gun deaths across the country. This is not a book about gun control, but about what happens in a country where it does not exist. What emerges in these pages is a searing and urgent portrait of youth, family, and firearms in America today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781568589930
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 02/06/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 207,270
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Gary Younge, an Alfred Knobler Fellow at the Nation Institute, is an award-winning columnist for the Guardian and Nation and an acclaimed author. In 2009 he won the British James Cameron award for his coverage of the 2008 presidential election, and in 2015 he won the Foreign Commentator of the Year Award. His most recent book is The Speech: The Story Behind Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream. His previous books include Who Are We - and Should it Matter in the Twenty-First Century?, Stranger in a Strange Land: Encounters in the Disunited States, and No Place Like Home: A Black Briton's Journey through the American South. Formerly the Belle Zeller Visiting Professor of public policy and social administration at Brooklyn College, CUNY, he has two honorary degrees from British universities.

Table of Contents

Map xi

Introduction xiii

Author's Note xxi

1 Jaiden Dixon, Grove City, Ohio 1

2 Kenneth Mills-Tucker, Indianapolis, Indiana 31

3 Stanley Taylor, Charlotte, North Carolina 51

4 Pedro Cortez, San Jose, California 79

5 Tyler Dunn, Marlette, Michigan 87

6 Edwin Rajo, Houston, Texas 117

7 Samuel Brightmon, Dallas, Texas 141

8 Tyshon Anderson, Chicago, Illinois 175

9 Gary Anderson, Newark, New Jersey 199

10 Gustin Hinnant, Goldsboro, North Carolina 213

Afterword 239

Acknowledgments 243

Notes 245

Select Bibliography 265

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Another Day in the Death of America: A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A sad but necessary book. I highly recommend it. ~*~LEB~*~
anythingnovel More than 1 year ago
This was such a well researched book. Younge never tries to simplify the topic of gun death in America and point to one all out cause of why these young men lost their lives. He also makes it very clear however, that lax gun laws in America are a huge contributing factor into why each of these lives ended as tragically as it did.
smg5775 More than 1 year ago
Timely. One day in America, 10 gun deaths on that day. This is not a book that will leave me. I cried. I got angry. Written objectively. He gives you the information and allows you to decide if it is good or bad, right or wrong. I hated the fear-mongering that occurred early in the book coming from an NRA convention. I sobbed with Jaiden's story. I felt bad for the ones left behind. Very straightforward. Sad reading but I am glad I read it. Definitely a book that changes one and opens one's eyes.
KateUnger More than 1 year ago
Another Day in the Death of America chronicles the short lives of 10 youth in America who were shot and killed on November 23, 2013. British author, Gary Younge, picked that date arbitrarily to fit his schedule, but his intent was to highlight the volume of gun violence in America. This book isn’t outwardly political, but it is so by the nature of the content in the book. In addition to sharing the stories about the children killed on that date, Younge shares some staggering statistics and policy issues with American gun control – as compared to other developed nations throughout the world. This book is hard to read. I had to take a long break in the middle, so that I wouldn’t become too jaded or emotional upset by the content. The deaths described in this book aren’t entirely what you would expect. Not all of these kids were involved in inner-city gang violence. In addition, the family circumstances don’t necessary match what you would potentially expect based on stereotypes either. Younge has arranged the book in chronological order based on the time of death, and the 24-hours selected are from early morning to early morning instead of matching up exactly to the calendar. In most cases, the chapters feature content from interviews with family and friends. In some cases, the families were not willing to participate, and then he’s pulled what he could from news sources alone. But as the book points out, not all gun murders are even reported. I hesitate to say that I enjoyed reading this book, but I am glad I read it. It’s an outsider view of gun violence in America, and I think it should be required reading for politicians and perhaps even high school or college students. We have a problem in this country, and it isn’t only with mass shootings like Sandy Hook.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Grim, thoughtful, and thought-provoking. Recommended.