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"The Corner" Paperback (David Simon & Ed Burns) at The Works
"The Corner" Paperback (David Simon & Ed Burns) at The Works

"The Corner" Paperback (David Simon & Ed Burns) at The Works

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The Corner: a Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighbourhood

This startling look at desperate, drug-addled inner-city lives ranks as one of the grittiest--and best--examinations of underclass America available. The Corner shines light on a horrific subculture of addiction, crime, dependency, and violence. Authors David Simon (who wrote Homicide, the book that inspired the TV series of the same name) and Edward Burns (a former cop) are muckraking reporters who operate in the finest tradition of American journalism. They spent an entire year on the corner of Fayette and Monroe in West Baltimore, getting to know its open-air drug market and its people. Although the authors present strong evidence that the so-called war on drugs cannot be won, The Corner has no political agenda. It is simply a powerful testament to the bleak situation confronting many urban neighborhoods. At once deeply unsettling and extremely rewarding, this humane book deserves a wide audience.

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Spotted in The Works, The Galleries Washington.

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I picked up "Homicide" in a charity shop the other day and I am half-way through it! So well written and a real eye-opener too!
I would even go as far as saying....even better than "The Wire"

Forgot to say "The Corner" TV series was really gritty - looking forward to hopefully picking my book copy at my local Works (if they have one!)
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