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Cold New World: Growing Up in a Harder Country (Modern Library Paperbacks)

 
 
 
 
Cold New World: Growing Up in a Harder Country (Modern Library Paperbacks)
Author: William Finnegan
ISBN 13: 9780375753824
ISBN 10: 375753826
Edition: New edition
Publisher: Modern Library
Publication Date: 1999-06-07
Format: Paperback
Pages: 448
List Price: $17.00
 
 

William Finnegan's Cold New World looks at the effects of the changing American class structure on teenagers. A staff writer for The New Yorker, Finnegan examines four distinct U.S. communities -- drug dealers in the rapidly decaying city of New Haven, Connecticut; a Texas town that has just been introduced to crack; a Mexican-American community in Washington State; and a group of white-supremacist teenagers in suburban Los Angeles -- and dives into the reasons why American life has become harsher and more difficult over the past 30 years. This culture of alienation, combined with increasingly hostile political and social conditions that Finnegan chronicles, has resulted in the creation of a desperate generation; Finnegan examines the members of this generation compassionately, not shaking his head and asking, "How could this have happened?" but digging into the roots of the social pressures facing today's youth.