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Author: Jonathan Kozol Narrator: Mark Winston Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2010 ISBN: 9781441841636
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For two years, beginning in 1988, Jonathan Kozol visited schools in neighborhoods across the country, from Illinois to Washington D.C., and from New York to San Antonio. He spoke with teachers, principals, superintendents, and, most important, children. What he found was devastating. Not only were schools for rich and poor blatantly unequal, the gulf between the two extremes was widening—and it has widened since. The urban schools he visited were overcrowded and understaffed, and lacked the basic elements of learning—including books and, all too often, classrooms for the students.

In Savage Inequalities, Kozol delivers a searing examination of the extremes of wealth and poverty and calls into question the reality of equal opportunity in our nation’s schools.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An impassioned book, laced with anger and indignation, about how our public education system scorns so many of our children.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “The great virtue of Jonathan Kozol’s new book about inner-city schools is that it overcomes that ‘everybody knows’ problem by bringing an undulled capacity for shock and outrage to a tour of bad schools across the country. As soon as Kozol begins leading the way through a procession of overcrowded, underheated, textbookless, barely taught classrooms, the thought he surely intended to engender begins to take form: How can this be?”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “It is neither ironic nor paradoxical to call Savage Inequalities a wonderful book—for Kozol makes it clear that there are wonderful teachers and wonderful students in every American school, no matter what ugliness, violence, and horror surround the building.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Kozol has written a book that must be read by anyone interested in education.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “Kozol has written a book that must be read by anyone interested in education.”


  • “I was unprepared for the horror and shame I felt…Savage Inequalities is a savage indictment…Everyone should read this important book.”

    USA Today

  • “Easily the most passionate, and certain to be the most passionately debated, book about American education in several years…A classic American muckraker with an eloquent prose style, Kozol offers…An old-fashioned brand of moral outrage that will affect every reader whose heart has not yet turned to stone.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “This book digs so deeply into the tragedy of the American system of public education that it wrenches the reader’s psyche…A must-read for every parent, every educator, and every relevant policymaker.”

    Alex Haley, author of Roots and The Autobiography of Malcolm X

  • “A powerful appeal to save children by redistributing the wealth. It will cause angry, but perhaps fruitful, debate.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Startling and compelling…Crucial to any serious debate on the current state of American education.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 1991 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

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About the Author

Jonathan Kozol is the National Book Award–winning author of Fire in the Ashes, Savage Inequalities, Death at an Early Age, and other New York Times bestselling nonfiction. He has been working with children in inner-city schools for nearly fifty years. The most widely read and highly honored education writer in America, he has been awarded the National Book Award and the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award.