"The Concrete Killing Fields"
Award-winning Author and Catalyst in Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness
“A searing glimpse into a lifetime of stories that will remain with you long after reading the last lines of the final chapter.” Dr. Jan Young, Executive Director, Assisi Foundation of Memphis, and Major General, U.S. Air National Guard (retired)
“Pat Morgan is a national treasure. No one understands the problem of homelessness in America better than Pat, and she brings that knowledge to life in the rich descriptions of the Concrete Killing Fields.” Marcus Pohlman, PhD, Professor of Political Science, Rhodes College, Memphis, TN
“The Concrete Killing Fields is not just a book about homelessness or struggles or pain. It is a beautifully written story about one woman’s journey to discover herself, fulfill lifelong ambitions, and do her best to provide relief, in whatever form, to those she encounters…with a goal of making this world a better place.—Betsy Bird, Captain, U. S. Navy (retired). Former Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense, Public Affairs, Washington, DC
“A blend of memoir, social advocacy, and stories about homeless men in Memphis, Tennessee, The Concrete Killing Fields is at once deeply personal and broadly drawn. Perhaps most compelling, Morgan doesn’t hold back about the frustrations of working not just with the system, but with the homeless themselves…
The author even proposes a “Twelve Steps for Do-Gooders” based on the model followed by Alcoholics Anonymous. This powerful document, delivered with concision, artfully describes the difficult balance that many advocates and social workers must strike in order to be truly helpful.
In step four, for example, she writes, “Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of myself and the ‘help’ I was trying to provide to others, often rendered unrecognizable because of my frustration and anger at the very people I wanted so much to help.” Where the book shines the brightest is in Morgan’s descriptions of those very individuals.” —Excerpt: Foreword Book Reviews 5-Star Review.