Cross-X Joe Miller, a journalist, goes to Kansas City's Central High expecting to find a sobering story about poor minority students who, trapped in an area… 2006-10-03 Nonfiction Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Book Review

Cross-X (2006)

Details Release Date: Oct 03, 2006; Writer: Joe Miller; Genre: Nonfiction; Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Joe Miller, a journalist, goes to Kansas City's Central High expecting to find a sobering story about poor minority students who, trapped in an area plagued by random violence and in a school deemed ''academically deficient,'' just don't stand a chance. Instead, he becomes a passionate advocate for the school's thriving debate team and writes an account of its rise to the top of the national circuit. Miller spends too much ink describing nearly every match — fiery arguments citing Foucault and humanism dominate over half of Cross-X's nearly 500 pages — but his enthusiasm is infectious and the plot creates the suspense of a good courtroom thriller.

Originally posted Sep 29, 2006 Published in issue #900 Oct 06, 2006 Order article reprints
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