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Meet The Author: Thomas Abt

Thomas Abt is a senior research fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Previously, he served as a policymaker in Barack Obama’s Justice Department and worked for New York governor Andrew Cuomo, overseeing all criminal justice and homeland security agencies in the state. Abt lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Bleeding Out

Bleeding Out

The Devastating Consequences of Urban Violence--and a Bold New Plan for Peace in the Streets

From a Harvard scholar and former Obama official, a powerful proposal for curtailing violent crime in America
Urban violence is one of the most divisive and allegedly intractable issues of our time, but in Bleeding Out, Harvard scholar Thomas Abt shows that we actually possess all the tools necessary to stem violence in our cities. Combining the latest social science with firsthand experience as a crime-fighter, Abt demonstrates that we must focus on “hot people,” the small groups of men who commit the majority of serious crimes, and on “hot spots,” the blocks and corners where violence clusters.
Arguing against hopelessness and fearmongering, Abt proposes a relentless focus on violence–not drugs, gangs, or guns. But the goal is not just to save lives. As Abt reveals, because violence acts as the linchpin of urban poverty, curbing such crime can unlock the untapped potential of our nation’s most disadvantaged communities.

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Genre: Nonfiction / Social Science / Sociology / Urban

On Sale: June 25th 2019

Price: $30 / $39 (CAD)

Page Count: 304

ISBN-13: 9781541645721