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Poverty, by America. Matthew Desmond

Poverty, by America

ISBN: 9780593239919 | 304 pages | 8 Mb
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  • Poverty, by America
  • Matthew Desmond
  • Page: 304
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  • ISBN: 9780593239919
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
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Notes From Your Bookseller Nearly forty million in the wealthiest democracy on the planet "live" at or below the poverty line, crushed by it. Poverty, By America answers why that is. We are all culpable, witting and unwitting. How did we get here, how do we collectively perpetuate poverty’s reach and how might we be able to undo this suffering? Fierce, unflinching, and crytsal clear, Matthew Desmond lays down a line in the sand and yet imagines that with some hard work, there is a path to a more accountable, equitable, compassionate nation. The Pulitzer Prize–winning, bestselling author of Evicted reimagines the debate on poverty, making a new and bracing argument about why it persists in America: because the rest of us benefit from it.   ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2023: The Washington Post, Time, Esquire, Newsweek, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Elle, Salon, Lit Hub, Kirkus Reviews The United States, the richest country on earth, has more poverty than any other advanced democracy. Why? Why does this land of plenty allow one in every eight of its children to go without basic necessities, permit scores of its citizens to live and die on the streets, and authorize its corporations to pay poverty wages?    In this landmark book, acclaimed sociologist Matthew Desmond draws on history, research, and original reporting to show how affluent Americans knowingly and unknowingly keep poor people poor. Those of us who are financially secure exploit the poor, driving down their wages while forcing them to overpay for housing and access to cash and credit. We prioritize the subsidization of our wealth over the alleviation of poverty, designing a welfare state that gives the most to those who need the least. And we stockpile opportunity in exclusive communities, creating zones of concentrated riches alongside those of concentrated despair. Some lives are made small so that others may grow.   Elegantly written and fiercely argued, this compassionate book gives us new ways of thinking about a morally urgent problem. It also helps us imagine solutions. Desmond builds a startlingly original and ambitious case for ending poverty. He calls on us all to become poverty abolitionists, engaged in a politics of collective belonging to usher in a new age of shared prosperity and, at last, true freedom.

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