In Scandinavia it sold the equivalent of 3 million copies in America. In Germany it was the longest running foreign book on the bestseller list ever.
In its personal and gripping
tone many teachers in anthropology, sociology and political science find
it an important tool "to help bring human life to the teaching"
of their students.
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He also depicts the friendships he developed with transvestites and transsexuals; the violence and murders he witnessed; his own arrest by the FBI; and his startling encounters with the opposite extreme of American society, including Jay Rockefeller and Ted Kennedy.
modern Jacob Riis
The book is self-published by American Pictures Foundation in order to enable the homeless or the actual people portrayed in the book to sell it.
The book is now sold out since Jacob Holdt lost too much money selling it this way. He needs about $45.000 to reprint it. But you can read his online version here: