he has a few newer ones, such as amazing grace, death at an early age, and shame of the nation (which i'm reading now) but there's just something about the frankness of savage inequalities that's kind of haunting.
the premise is: it's 1990-ish and jonathan kozol visits schools in impoverished areas that are literally falling apart. the students are over 99% minorities and are attending schools that have raw sewage backing up in hallways in some circumstances. these are real kids attending schools that you would never believe are actually in the us. (camden, dc, east st louis, chicago, nyc, la, san antonio, etc). most of these schools are minutes away from some of the best schools in the country: schools where the students are almost all white.
watching "waiting for superman" today, where little kids were waiting on a lottery to get them out of schools labeled "dropout factories" made me think of this book and the real children who we are letting down on a daily basis.