"A clear, compelling, and much–needed examination of what causes youth violence in small towns and big cities all over America, and how one community was able to bring many partners and pieces of a complex puzzle together to curb youth violence in its neighborhoods. This book is an important reminder that youth violence is preventable. It should be read by every elected official, public health professional, community leader, advocate, and parent ready to move beyond despair or fear and take action."
Marian Wright Edelman, president, Children’s Defense Fund
"Essential reading for public officials, concerned parents, and citizens."
Senator Edward M. Kennedy
"An eye–opening and well–documented book by two of the foremost pioneers in violence prevention efforts in America. Through their own personal stories and an astute analysis of the complexities of violence prevention initiatives, the authors argue that violence is learned behavior that can be significantly reduced. This is an inspiring book; I highly recommend it."
Alvin F. Poussaint, M.D., professor of psychiatry, Harvard Medical School and Judge Baker Children’s Center, Boston, Massachusetts
Part One: The Problem.
1. A Shocked America: The Epidemic Spreads.
2. Who Are We?
Part Two: Issues and Solutions.
3. What Do We Know and How Do We Know It?
4. Understanding Risk and Resiliency.
5. Guns: Escalating the Consequences.
6. It s the Television, Stupid.
7. The Demonization of Youth.
8. Girls and Violence: Rambettes.
9. Violence at Home.
Part Three: What Happened in Boston.
10. Violence Is Preventable.
11. The Movement Grows.
Part Four: Lessons Learned.
12. There Is No One Model.
13. The System Is Part of the Problem.
14. Going Into the Future.
About the Authors.