An eye opener Sep 27, 2007
This book is photo journalism at its best. I had to read this book in college and it really changed my perception in life.
This was written along time ago so some of the text can be considered offensive. There is a lot of use of negative sterotypes in this book. There is an especially poor opinion of the Irish in this book.
This book is really about the photographs of the poor living in tenements in New York City. Until this book was published most people in soceity were not aware of the living conditions of the poor. These haunted photographs brought about a massive public awareness. The plight of the tenements could no longer be ignored.
The photographs are haunting. The miserable conditions New York's poor lived in is heart breaking. The photographs are clear and high quality dispite their age. This is a great book for photographers, history buffs, and people who enjoy an interesting subject matter.