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February 07, 2011

Violence in the Lives of Inner-City Youth in the United States

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Wrong Place, Wrong Time: Trauma and Violence in the Lives of Young Black Men by John A. Rich, MD, MPH, 232 pp, $24.95, ISBN 978-0-8018-9363-6, Baltimore, Maryland, The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009.


Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence in America by Geoffrey Canada, EdM, 192 pp, $11.59, ISBN 978-0-8070-0423-4, Boston, Massachusetts, Beacon Press, 1995.

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2011;165(2):183-184. doi:10.1001/archpediatrics.2010.288

Contrary to ubiquitous media depictions, the United States overall is not experiencing ever-increasing levels of violence.1 Yet rates of violence are more concentrated in certain communities, and the severity of that violence is more lethal. African American men bear the brunt of assaults and homicides in our cities, and this is very much related to the widespread availability of firearms among youth. A pair of books helps us make sense of this pattern of violence in America.

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