American Way of Poverty How the Other Half Still Lives

ISBN-10: 1568584601
ISBN-13: 9781568584607
Edition: N/A
Authors: Sasha Abramsky
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Description: A New York Times Notable Book of the YearFifty years after Michael Harrington published his groundbreaking book The Other America, in which he chronicled the lives of people excluded from the Age of Affluence, poverty in America is back with a  More...

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Book details

List price: $19.99
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 8/26/2014
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

A New York Times Notable Book of the YearFifty years after Michael Harrington published his groundbreaking book The Other America, in which he chronicled the lives of people excluded from the Age of Affluence, poverty in America is back with a vengeance. It is made up of both the long-term chronically poor and new working poor—the tens of millions of victims of a broken economy and an ever more dysfunctional political system. In many ways, for the majority of Americans, financial insecurity has become the new norm.The American Way of Poverty shines a light on this travesty. Sasha Abramsky brings the effects of economic inequality out of the shadows and, ultimately, suggests ways for moving toward a fairer and more equitable social contract. Exploring everything from housing policy to wage protections and affordable higher education, Abramsky lays out a panoramic blueprint for a reinvigorated political process that, in turn, will pave the way for a renewed War on Poverty.It is, Harrington believed, a moral outrage that in a country as wealthy as America, so many people could be so poor. Written in the wake of the 2008 financial collapse, in an era of grotesque economic extremes, The American Way of Poverty brings that same powerful indignation to the topic.

Sasha Abramsky is a freelance journalist and Senior Fellow at the New York City-based think tank, Demos: Ideas & Action. His work has appeared in The Nation, The Atlantic Monthly, New York magazine, The Village Voice, and Rolling Stone. Originally from England and a graduate of Oxford University, he has since adopted his mother's homeland of America and now lives in Sacramento, California. He has a master's degree from Columbia University's School of Journalism. In 2000, he was awarded a Soros Society, Crime, and Communities Media Fellowship. His third book, American Furies: Crime, Punishment, and Vengeance in the Age of Mass Imprisonment, was published by Beacon Press in 2007. His first book, Hard Time Blues, was published in 2002; his second book, Conned, was published in 2006.

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