The Corner by David Simon
A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood

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The crime-infested intersection of West Fayette and Monroe Streets is well-known--and cautiously avoided--by most of Baltimore. But this notorious corner's 24-hour open-air drug market provides the economic fuel for a dying neighborhood. David Simon, an award-winning author and crime reporter, and Edward Burns, a 20-year veteran of the urban drug war, tell the chilling story of this desolate crossroad.

Through the eyes of one broken family--two drug-addicted adults and their smart, vulnerable 15-year-old son, DeAndre McCollough, Simon and Burns examine the sinister realities of inner cities across the country and unflinchingly assess why law enforcement policies, moral crusades, and the welfare system have accomplished so little. This extraordinary book is a crucial look at the price of the drug culture and the poignant scenes of hope, caring, and love that astonishingly rise in the midst of a place America has abandoned.

About David Simon

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David Simon is the author of the bestselling Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets, which won an Edgar Award and inspired Barry Levinson's Emmy Award-winning television program of the same name. A freelance writer based in Baltimore, he is also a writer and producer for Homicide and received the 1994 Writer's Guild for America Award for outstanding script in an episodic television drama. A teacher in the Baltimore public school system, Edward Burns retired after serving twenty years in the city police department. For much of that time, he worked as a detective in the homicide unit.
Published March 13, 2013 by Broadway Books. 578 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Biographies & Memoirs, History, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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Against the fact of relentless addiction and the commerce of the drug marketplace, Simon and Burns argue, the drug war stands as a ``useless and unnecessary brutalization.'' The authors don't claim to have the answers to eradicating the corner drug culture that thrives throughout America's cities.

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The corner in question is where West Fayette meets Monroe Street in West Baltimore, the site of one of an estimated 100 open-air drug markets in that beleaguered American city.

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Entertainment Weekly

The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood David Simon is a writer-producer of the TV cop show Homicide ;

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The Telegraph

In September 1992, two strangers began hanging around the drug corners of Fayette Street, west Baltimore.

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It’s the way that the habit, and the effects it has on its victims, has been assimilated in to a new reality that is so shocking – a reality defined by so little economic opportunity that education seems pointless, drug dealing appears to be a valid career option and the vaunted War on Drugs is l...

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