The result of eight years of reporting, this deft chronicle delves into the story of Bobby…Dawidoff presents portraits of the individuals involved, juxtaposed with research on segregation, the Great Migration, and mass incarceration.
— New Yorker
A powerful, poignant and profound account of deindustrialization, racial discrimination, inequality and mass incarceration.
— Glenn Altschuler - The Florida Courier
A searing portrait of injustice in America.
— Publishers Weekly
[A] rigorously reported, urgent book.
— Kirkus ReviewsThe Other Side of Prospect
isn’t just a necessary American book, it’s an essential American book. By unraveling the long, profound story across generations that leads to one teenager twice confessing to a crime that he didn’t commit, Nicholas Dawidoff reveals just how pervasive the failures of our time can be. A child of intelligence and personal promise becomes a killer; an elderly grandfather is murdered; and an innocent boy suffers under the brutal weight of a nearly a decade in prison with memories no exoneration can erase. This is beyond the best book about the crisis of incarceration in America. It is also a book that reminds us indelibly that the Great Migration has tragically ended for many in not just the closing of factories and opportunities, but also the filling of graves and prison cells.
— Reginald Dwayne Betts, author of FelonThe Other Side of Prospect
illuminates complex social issues—the Great Migration, mass incarceration, wrongful conviction, prisoner reentry—in deeply personal terms. This is a haunting, devastating, magnificent work of narrative nonfiction.
— James Forman Jr., Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Locking Up Our Own
This intricate book continues to grow like a tree in me—Bobby’s tender, persistent yearnings bound by the generations of contaminated soil that fear creates. Nicholas Dawidoff’s huge accomplishment is that he does the meticulous forensics of the crime of our fearing those in peril, and The Other Side of Prospect
portrays the ongoing consequences of what we all continue to lose—all the knowledge lost, all the joy that’s stilled—when fear predominates. I finished reading his book with heartbreak and great gratitude. Its quest for broader justice pushes forward.
— Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, author of Random FamilyThe Other Side of Prospect
is an intimate and haunting recovery of lives both lost and found, potential both squandered and realized, and struggles both failed and furthered. It forces us to face the brutal injustice and inequality that defines our nation’s justice system as well as one of its richest and most prestigious cities, and to take a hard look at the deeper roots and wider resonances of that ugliness. The true gift of Nicholas Dawidoff’s powerful recovery of this wrongful conviction and the fight to have it overturned, however, is its ability to help us to see what is still irrevocably beautiful about this country, and thus what still may be possible for its future.
— Heather Ann Thompson, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Blood in the WaterThe Other Side of Prospect
is a riveting narrative that shows and tells the story of a deeply distressed Black ghetto neighborhood severely challenged by the ills of deindustrialization, racialized poverty, and random street crime and violence—a must-read for anyone wishing to understand.
— Elijah Anderson, Sterling Professor of Sociology and of African American Studies, Yale University and author of Black in White Space