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What it takes to pull me through.
« on: June 16, 2005, 07:49:00 PM »
ISBN:  0618145451
Published:  Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston
2005
Authored:  David L. Marcus

I just read this book by David L Marcus.  A long look at Swift River in Massachusetts.  It was an interesting read.  Just wondering about the author's accuracy.

In the end he neither endorsed nor ripped the program apart.  Pretty ambivalent.

Anyone here during this period?  

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I tell her yeah, bit it's clear I'll always be tha same
Until the end of time" ~  Tupac Shakur
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« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2005, 09:14:00 PM »
I read it and actually belive that it is more of an endorsement.  As so many other journalists before him, Dave Marcus, I think, has failed to really understand what the "treatment" does to adolescents.

How can a Pulitzer Prize winning author NOT get into the long history of alleged abuse at Tranquility Bay but simply come up with this: pg2: 'Nonprofit agencies and for-profit corporations have opened wilderness academies in the mountains of Utah, boot camps on the Texas plains, equine therapy ranches in Wisconsin, cocaine detox programs in the Arizona desert, and fundamentalist Christian reform schools in Missouri.  Jamaica and the Czech republic have behavioral modification programs for American kids.  Transporters, also called "escorts", employ muscular men and women to take hostile kids away from home.'

One cannot even mention Jamaica without digging deep.  Ignoring the cruel history taken place there is beyond my comprehension.

Now a series on the hidden nature of this industry, that would have been a different story - and worth a Pulitzer prize.
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