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-Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
"Bob Herbert's strong, brilliant voice consistently reminds America of where we still fall short of the ideals of the nation we want to be and can become."
-Marian Wright Edelman
"You will not forget the people in this book. They are people Bob Herbert will not let us forget. His journalism has the power of Dickens to enable us to see life as others experience it. In an era that may one day be known for the tragic meltdown of American journalism, Bob Herbert brings us back to the fundamentals-to what happens to our craft when it is practiced by a man who considers it a calling."
"Bob Herbert is the conscience of a great newspaper, a powerfully compelling and consistent voice for underdogs of all colors, ages, and genders. With Promises Betrayed, you can read him in one big, bracing, highly nutritional dose that will propel you off the couch and into action!"
|Pt. 1||Why America stopped working|
|Introduction : a fire in the basement||3|
|1||Power and the powerless||13|
|Pt. 2||Criminal injustice|
|2||A disgrace in Tulia||37|
|3||Innocence is no defense||63|
|4||The ultimate penalty||89|
|Pt. 3||Barely getting by|
|5||Where does the money go?||109|
|6||The vanishing American job||120|
|Pt. 4||Black and white|
|8||What happened to the dream?||161|
|10||The party of Lincoln||193|
|Pt. 5||The America of George W. Bush|
|12||How goes the war on terror?||234|
|13||Misleadership in Iraq||250|
|Pt. 6||Herbert's heroes|
|15||A roll call for our time||305|
|Conclusion : what kind of America do we want to live in?||328|