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Violence by young boys and adolescents is on the rise in America's suburbs, small towns, and rural communities. In light of recent school-based shootings, it's now clear that no matter where people live or how hard parents try, chances are their children are going to school with troubled boys capable of getting guns and pulling triggers. Building on his pioneering work as a psychologist, James Garbarino shows why young men and boys have become increasingly vulnerable to violent crime, and how lack of adult support poses a real threat to children's basic safety. Dr. Garbarino addresses the wide range of issues that boys of every temperament and from every background may have to face, and outlines the steps parents, teachers, and public officials can take to keep all children safer. He holds out hope and solutions for turning kids away from violence - before it is too late.
©1999 James Garbarino, All Rights Reserved (P)1999 Simon & Schuster Inc., All Rights Reserved

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"Dr. Garbarino is a brilliant pioneer in charting a humane and intelligent course in preventing youth violence." (Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-02-2020

Light on a Dark Problem

If the solution to our nation's epidemic of youth violence lies in understanding, James Garbarino gives us the keys in his powerful book. I listened to it twice because it is so rich in perspective about a problem the causes for which -- as well as the solutions -- we ignore every day.

The worst of our boys all are products of their families, their schools, and the communities around them. They start out bad and receive worse. Dr. Garbarino uses his expert first- person insights to show us how these boys emerge from abusive, often life-threatening childhoods ready to give the world nothing but the same.

Can these boys be saved -- or can we keep more of them off the paths toward lethal violence to begin with? Dr. Garbarino believes so and he constructs a many-sided solution to shows us how.

Cotter Smith's tight narration lends gravity to a critical subject without ever making it sound heavy. I found "Lost Boys" an eye-opener well worth the 4-hour listen.

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  • MBF
  • 23-08-2018

Wel written work on a tough topic

I highly recommend this work to anyone interested in the topic. Clear, easy to read, thorough!

Some of the audible file did not match my edition of the book, which I thought was the same. Minor issue

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  • Jeremy Foster
  • 13-04-2018

One of my faviorite reads

Thank you Dr. Garbarino for you hard work and insight. Your message is by far the best when it comes to youth violence and has inspired me as a teacher.

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  • Inez
  • 25-10-2016

Very informative and easy to read

I would recommend this book for anyone in the child development field working with boys or parents seeking resources and information. The book really touched on the fundamental theories in child development and why boys turn violent.

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  • Jeffrey R
  • 22-10-2008

Worth it.

Very informative. Easy to listen to. This author does not drag it out. You get the info and then it's over.

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