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Children of Crisis Paperback – August, 2003

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Book 1 of 5 in the Children of Crisis Series

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Robert Coles is a professor of psychiatry and medical humanities at the Harvard Medical School, a research psychiatrist for the Harvard University Health Services, and the James Agee Professor of Social Ethics at Harvard College. He lives in Massachusetts.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Back Bay Books (August 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316151025
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316151023
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,059,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Joyce on December 29, 2012
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This book is made up of selections from the Pulitzer Prize-winning five-volume series based on Coles' taped interviews with children and their parents across the country in the `60s and `70s. What inspires me about Coles is his willingness and capacity to respectfully listen. The honesty and depth of the stories he was told are obviously a result of the trust he engendered. Through the voices of migrant worker, sharecropper, mountaineer, Eskimo, Chicano, Indian, Black, and White in this book I learned what living poor is like "on the ground," and it is tough. However, the final volume is on the children of the wealthy, and wealth is no easy road for a child either. In many ways parents focused on protecting their wealth and privilege are poorer parents than those having to scramble for their livelihood. Coles puts his psychiatry in a sociological context allowing us to see more clearly our nation's weaknesses as well as its strengths.
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This book is so beautiful and full of love for humanity. The style is readable but elevated, almost literary. I wish it were short enough for everyone to want to try.
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The author writes with a depth that is rarely seen.
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Truly a great book. A+
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It was very hard to read and understand. I did not get what I wanted from it. Sorry I was excited when I saw the title. But it did not match.
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