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DON’T SHOOT

Don’t Shoot will do for the fight against violence what Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring did for the environmental movement a generation ago.”  Malcolm Gladwell

“Kennedy tells me that this work can cut the nation’s homicide rate in half. Read his important book – part jeremiad, part gripping crime thriller – and you will believe him…The approach is simple, but not easy… It takes tremendous, continuous cooperation – reaching across political, organizational, and cultural divides… This is how we, as a nation, can and must finally back out of the rolling destruction, by death and mass incarceration, of our cities, our society, and our moral character.”  Boston Globe

“An unlikely criminal-justice pioneer revisits his innovative, immensely successful crusade against youth homicide in America’s worst neighborhoods… A valuable text—not just for the solution, but also for the refreshing philosophy behind it.”  Kirkus Reviews

“In a matter-of-fact, street-smart style… Kennedy explains his remarkably effective strategies for combating violent crime… This heartfelt book shows what can happen when police, gangs, and communities come together to address some of America’s most intractable social problems.”  Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“For the last few years, from roughly the spot on the Venn diagram of intellectual culture where Malcolm Gladwell and David Simon overlap, some intriguing flares have been set off by a crime theorist named David M. Kennedy… Kennedy’s work suggested that optimism was possible…What is brilliant about [it] is its specificity, its insistence that street violence has its own special contours and patterns that can be understood, and manipulated, and that crime is only about crime…. that maybe crime itself [can] be bargained with.”  New Republic

“Fascinating…Kennedy’s argument is solid, and he shows again and again that many of our approaches to crime are done to make an electorate feel good, without changing basic dynamics that drive the drug trade…Understanding and knowledge, more than guns and handcuffs, are weapons in the war on crime that last for generations.” Seattle Times

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