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Working Poor Invisible in America

ISBN-10: 0375708219
ISBN-13: 9780375708213
Edition: 2005
Authors: David K. Shipler
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Description: “Nobody who works hard should be poor in America,” writes Pulitzer Prize winner David Shipler. Clear-headed, rigorous, and compassionate, he journeys deeply into the lives of individual store clerks and factory workers, farm laborers and sweat-shop  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/4/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

“Nobody who works hard should be poor in America,” writes Pulitzer Prize winner David Shipler. Clear-headed, rigorous, and compassionate, he journeys deeply into the lives of individual store clerks and factory workers, farm laborers and sweat-shop seamstresses, illegal immigrants in menial jobs and Americans saddled with immense student loans and paltry wages. They are known as the working poor. They perform labor essential to America’s comfort. They are white and black, Latino and Asian--men and women in small towns and city slums trapped near the poverty line, where the margins are so tight that even minor setbacks can cause devastating chain reactions. Shipler shows how liberals and conservatives are both partly right–that practically every life story contains failure by both the society and the individual. Braced by hard fact and personal testimony, he unravels the forces that confine people in the quagmire of low wages. And unlike most works on poverty, this book also offers compelling portraits of employers struggling against razor-thin profits and competition from abroad. With pointed recommendations for change that challenge Republicans and Democrats alike, The Working Poor stands to make a difference.

Journalist and author David K. Shipler was born on December 3, 1942 in Orange, N. J. He was schooled at Dartmouth College and Columbia University's Russian Institute. Shipler was a foreign correspondent for the New York Times and a former senior associate at the Carnegie Foundation for International Peace. Over ten years of work went into Shipler's book, A Country of Strangers: Blacks and Whites in America. He won the Pulitzer Prize for his novel, Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land.

Preface
Introduction: At the Edge of Poverty
Money and Its Opposite
Work Doesn't Work
Importing the Third World
Harvest of Shame
The Daunting Workplace
Sins of the Fathers
Kinship
Body and Mind
Dreams
Work Works
Skill and Will
Notes
Index

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