Five days

the fiery reckoning of an American city

"When Freddie Gray was arrested for possessing an 'illegal knife' in April 2015, he was, by eyewitness accounts that video evidence later confirmed, treated 'roughly' as police loaded him into a vehicle. By the end of his trip in the police van, Gray was in a coma he would never recover from. In the wake of a long history of police abuse in Baltimore, this killing felt like a final straw--it led to a week of protests and then five days described alternately as a riot or an uprising that set the entire city on edge, and caught the nation's attention . . . tells the story of the Baltimore uprising. Through both [the author's] own observations, and through the eyes of other Baltimoreans . . . Each shifting point of view contributes to an engrossing, cacophonous account of one of the most consequential moments in our recent history--but also an essential cri de coeur about thedeeper causes of the violence and the small seeds of hope planted in its aftermath"--Provided by publisher.



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