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Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families

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ISBN13: 9780394746166
ISBN10: 0394746163
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Awards

Winner 1986 — Pulitzer Prize

Winner 1985 — National Book Awards

Winner 1985 — National Book Critics Circle Awards

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Winner of 3 different awards, this is a story of the busing crisis in Boston.

Review:

"...highly readable and brings us as close as we are likely to get to the average person's experiences of urban racial tensions...." Publishers Weekly

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"This is a huge and marvelous work, many years in the making...the portrait of a city, the portrait of a time." Kai Erickson, The New York Times Book Review

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"Lukas wins the toughest exacta in book writing: a hypnotizing, meticulously reported account of his protagonists combined with a compelling take on the big issues at the heart of the story — race and class." Jeffrey Toobin, Salon.com

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"A book of such force and clarity that its just praise would require language long rendered empty by jacket blurbs. To say that Common Ground is about busing in Boston is a bit like saying Moby Dick is about whaling in New Bedford". Robert B. Parker, Chicago Tribune

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"An American classic, a book that will find a place not merely in the shelves where our national history is recorded but also in those where our literature is kept." Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post

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"A big book ? monumental in scope, rich in historical detail, challenging in its conclusions and compassionate in its portraiture of the three families?" Fox Butterfield, The New Republic

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"An epic of American city life?a story of such hypnotic specificity that we re-experience all the shades of hope and anger, pity and fear that living anywhere in late 20th-century America has inevitably provoked." Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times

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bostongirl, October 28, 2006 (view all comments by bostongirl)
An absolute must read for anyone who lives in Boston. Lukas weaves two hundred years of history of Boston neighborhoods with events of the 1960s and 1970s, with a focus on the busing crisis. The story is told through three families living in the city with a remarkable look inside their lives and looks at the prominent politicians, business and community players, and the press.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780394746166
Author:
Lukas, J. Anthony
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Author:
Lukas, J. Anthony
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Boston (Mass.)
Subject:
Race relations
Subject:
Public schools
Subject:
Busing for school integration
Subject:
Boston
Subject:
School integration
Subject:
Busing for school integration -- Massachusetts -- Boston.
Subject:
Boston (Mass.) Race relations.
Subject:
School integration -- Massachusetts -- Boston.
Subject:
Child Care and Parenting-General
Subject:
history;boston;education;non-fiction;sociology;race;busing;race relations;american history;politics;civil rights;massachusetts
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Series Volume:
4188
Publication Date:
19860831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
688
Dimensions:
8 x 5.16 x 1.14 in 1.07 lb

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Product details 688 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780394746166 Reviews:
"Review" by , "...highly readable and brings us as close as we are likely to get to the average person's experiences of urban racial tensions...." Publishers Weekly
"Review" by , "This is a huge and marvelous work, many years in the making...the portrait of a city, the portrait of a time."
"Review" by , "Lukas wins the toughest exacta in book writing: a hypnotizing, meticulously reported account of his protagonists combined with a compelling take on the big issues at the heart of the story — race and class."
"Review" by , "A book of such force and clarity that its just praise would require language long rendered empty by jacket blurbs. To say that Common Ground is about busing in Boston is a bit like saying Moby Dick is about whaling in New Bedford".
"Review" by , "An American classic, a book that will find a place not merely in the shelves where our national history is recorded but also in those where our literature is kept."
"Review" by , "A big book ? monumental in scope, rich in historical detail, challenging in its conclusions and compassionate in its portraiture of the three families?"
"Review" by , "An epic of American city life?a story of such hypnotic specificity that we re-experience all the shades of hope and anger, pity and fear that living anywhere in late 20th-century America has inevitably provoked."
"Synopsis" by , US
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