Books: Not Fair RACHEL AND HER CHILDREN

by Jonathan Kozol Crown; 261 pages; $16.95

Jonathan Kozol does his best to keep cool while writing about homeless children. He tries to keep cool while reporting that there are some 500,000 of them in this wealthy land, a number slightly greater than the population of Atlanta, Denver or St. Louis. He tries to keep cool while reporting that federal support for low-income housing dropped from $28 billion to $9 billion between 1981 and 1986 and that legal evictions in New York City during one recent year totaled nearly half a million. He tries to keep cool while reporting that although New York owns more than 100,000 units...

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