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Cold New World: Growing Up in Harder Country (Modern Library Paperbacks) [Kindle Edition]

William Finnegan
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"When I first started going to New Haven," writes William Finnegan, "I was taken on a tour of the city's neighborhoods by two black residents. Their conversation reminded me of others I've heard--in countries suffering from chronic guerrilla war."

Cold New World depicts the lives of American teenagers and young adults, struggling to hang onto what little they've got. They are part of a growing underclass whose lives have become saturated with drugs and violence. Whether he's talking to an African American drug dealer who plies his trade in the shadow of Yale or a young woman caught up in the feud between two rival skinhead gangs in the northernmost suburbs of Los Angeles, Finnegan brings his subjects to life on the page with a compassion that doesn't undermine any of his bluntness about their desperate conditions. You may not like what Cold New World has to say about the state of the nation, but it's a book that you ignore at your peril.

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"When I first started going to New Haven," writes William Finnegan, "I was taken on a tour of the city's neighborhoods by two black residents. Their conversation reminded me of others I've heard--in countries suffering from chronic guerrilla war."

Cold New World depicts the lives of American teenagers and young adults, struggling to hang onto what little they've got. They are part of a growing underclass whose lives have become saturated with drugs and violence. Whether he's talking to an African American drug dealer who plies his trade in the shadow of Yale or a young woman caught up in the feud between two rival skinhead gangs in the northernmost suburbs of Los Angeles, Finnegan brings his subjects to life on the page with a compassion that doesn't undermine any of his bluntness about their desperate conditions. You may not like what Cold New World has to say about the state of the nation, but it's a book that you ignore at your peril.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1527 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 448 Seiten
  • Verlag: Modern Library; Auflage: New edition (29. September 2010)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B0043EWVI8
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 5.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (5 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #797.414 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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In the midst of all the self-congratulatory celebrations marking the closing of the millennium, few affluent Americans seem aware or concerned of the innate contradictions and dysfunctions associated with the circumstances of their own affluence, or of the associated disparities, disjunctions, and despair of millions of younger Americans who are not fortunate enough, affluent enough, or politically-enfranchised enough to gain a technical or college education, and are nowhere to be found in the minions of highly paid and technicolored attired young nerds and nerdettes now running amok in the suburban malls and internet sites of mainstream America. This superbly written book by noted journalist William Finnegan details the dark side of the American Dream as we proceed into the new century.
Finnegan does not deny that a conspicuous minority of our younger citizens are finding themselves fabulously fortunate, preoccupied with drowning themselves in the material excesses too many of us wallow in, but it is to the other, less-chronicled segment of the twenty-something generation that he brings his considerable talents and insights, and he weaves a fascinating, fulsome, and frightening narrative around a series of personal anecdotes and experiences of teenageers and young adults trapped by life circumstances and poverty into lives that give the thoughtful reader pause. According to the author, a new, more rigid, and less fluid socioeconomic class system is emerging that makes the old and more tradition notions of rugged individualism look like a overly generous social welfare state. And we all know it was hardly that.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A great read and food for thought 16. Juli 1998
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I saw this book reviewed in the NYTBR. I thought it would be very interesting as a sort of "how the other half lives". Finnegan makes these characters truly memorable. I've always wanted to read about how inner-city youth *really* live, and here it is. Their lives of constant struggle and their fascinating but sad separation from the world at large really was touching, and not just because I'm their age. I really enjoyed this book. I had wondered if Finnegan would be able to pull it off having four different main characters--I thought that it would be disjointed. But each episode makes you want more. Fortunately each following episode completely draws you in. I wholeheartedly recommend you buy this book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Dark Side of America 21. November 1999
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Having read several of these sociological "Real World" missives, "Cold New World" is by far the most comprehensive. Whereas works like "Code of the Street" and "The Corner" examine a single distressed area, William Finnegan's work is very ambitious in exploring problems in New Haven, rural Texas, the Pacific Northwest, and Southern California.
Finnegan shows how faulty American public policy has ravaged the nation. The book is tightly written, provides meaningful analysis, and it's scope extends across the entire American ethnic mix.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Thought-provoking, disturbing, and yet... 9. April 1999
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Highly readable, extremely thought-provoking, Finnegan's book, like Robert Kaplan's "Empire Wilderness," makes one concerned with the future of American society and culture - even if one does not necessarily agree with his viewpoint. At the very least it is useful as an antidote to those who say nothing is wrong with where we are headed as a nation because there are in fact many who are being left behind. A great book for starting discussions about whether anything can or needs to be done to improve the life chances of all Americans.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Insightful accounts 7. Juni 1999
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I like how Finnegan concentrates on young people and their perception of America. For them it is a cold, hard world. The author listens to their concerns and at times ends up helping them. Although this book doesn't deal with crimes as large as Columbine, it might help readers understand how something as tragic as the Colorado shootings could occur. Finnegan concludes that there is no easy fix to the problems of the underclass, but a good start would be to reverse the trend of cutting funds for education.
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