February 12, 1993 at 05:00 AM EST

God Bless the Child

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
James Colbert
genre
Nonfiction
We gave it a B

Just in time for the arrival of an ”invest in people” President, this report from the poor state of Mississippi supplies local evidence of a national scandal: the neglect of our children. Sue Hathorn’s mission is to help the state’s 16,000 abused children. Desperate for funds, this proper Baptist lady teamed up with an amiable gambler under indictment on racketeering charges to run a bingo hall. James Colbert’s God Bless the Child is short on analysis, long on description, but jump cutting from the upscale haunts of the old-boy network to the decrepit, overcrowded children’s shelter, he makes his point: When government won’t do the job, the people must, by any means necessary. B

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