Epic journalism and twentieth century history. A history of Boston politics, race and class relations provides the background for a gripping examination of what happened when a judge ordered the city’s schools to integrate in the 1970s. Lukas tells the complex and ugly story of that decade as experienced by the McGoffs, Twymons, and Divers of Boston. Like The Wire, this is a masterful unraveling of a city’s identity and the consequences of urban policy.