I found this a fascinating and eye-opening look at one family in the midst of gangs, drugs and poverty, living in degenerating public housing. Just as impressive as the book, which is open, candid, and pulls no punches, is the author’s skill at fading into the background, making himself invisible throughout the journalistic narrative. I found myself honestly caring for the children of the family, who grew up in miserable conditions and too often did not escape the easy lure of the streets and the gangs. I’d be interested, like just about everyone else who reads this book, to find out what happened to the family. Yet even without a postscript, whether it would be heartening or saddening, this book stands as a history and a testament to America’s struggle with the poor and the welfare system.