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Show Me a Hero - A Tale of Murder, Suicide, Race, and Redemption
Lisa Belkin
Paperback / softback
Back Bay Books
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Not in my backyard -- that's the refrain commonly invoked by property owners who oppose unwanted development. Such words assume a special ferocity when the development in question is public housing. Lisa Belkin penetrates the prejudices, myths, and heated emotions stirred by the most recent trend in public housing as she re-creates a landmark case in riveting detail, showing how a proposal to build scattered-site public housing in middle-class neighborhoods nearly destroyed an entire city and forever changed the lives of many of its citizens.
-- Public housing projects are being torn down throughout the United States. What will take their place? Show Me a Hero explores the answer.
-- An important and compelling work of narrative nonfiction in the tradition of J. Anthony Lukas's Common Ground.
-- A sweeping yet intimate group portrait that assesses the effects of public policy on individual human lives.

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Lisa Belkin is the Senior National Correspondent for Yahoo News, covering American social issues. Prior to joining Yahoo she was a Senior Correspondent at the Huffington Post, and spent nearly thirty years at the New York Times, where she was variously a national correspondent, a medical reporter, a Contributing Writer for The New York Times Magazine, and created the Life's Work column and the Motherlode blog.

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Keyword Index
African Americans - New York (State) - Yonkers - Social conditions.|Poor - New York (State) - Yonkers - Social conditions.|Public housing - New York (State) - Yonkers - History - 20th century.|Social conflict - New York (State) - Yonkers - History - 20th century.|Yonkers (N.Y.) - Race relations.|Yonkers (N.Y.) - Social conditions.|Yonkers (N.Y.) - Politics and government.
Country of Publication
New York (State)
Number of Pages
xvii, 347

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