Screwed: The Undeclared War Against the Middle Class - And What We Can Do About It
  • Screwed: The Undeclared War Against the Middle Class - And What We Can Do About It
  • Screwed: The Undeclared War Against the Middle Class - And What We Can Do About It

Screwed: The Undeclared War Against the Middle Class - And What We Can Do About It

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by Thom Hartmann
     
 

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Nationally syndicated radio host and bestselling author Thom Hartmann exposes the covert war conservatives, and corporations are waging against America's middle class?a war that's reducing the rest of us to a politically impotent working poor. This book asks: How did this happen? Who's benefiting? And how can we stop it?  See more details below

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Nationally syndicated radio host and bestselling author Thom Hartmann exposes the covert war conservatives, and corporations are waging against America's middle class?a war that's reducing the rest of us to a politically impotent working poor. This book asks: How did this happen? Who's benefiting? And how can we stop it?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781576754634
Publisher:
Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
05/10/2007
Series:
BK Currents (Paperback) Series
Pages:
249
Sales rank:
246,607
Product dimensions:
5.58(w) x 8.14(h) x 0.83(d)

Meet the Author

Thom Hartmann is the award-winning, bestselling author of over a dozen books, including The Edison Gene, The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight, and Attention Deficit Disorder: A Different Perception. His groundbreaking work in ADD/ADHD and psychotherapy has been featured in TIME magazine, the New York Times, and in media around the world. He lives in Oregon.

Author of two NYT's bestsellers (Armed Madhouse and Best Democracy Money can buy), Greg Palast is an investigator of corporate fraud and racketeering turned journalist. His writings appear in Harper's, the BBC, the Guardian, and Democracy Now.

Mark Crispin Miller is the author of the best-selling books Cruel and Unusual: Bush/Cheney's New World Order, The Bush Dyslexicon, and Fooled Again: How the Right Stole the 2004 Election & Why They'll Steal the Next One Too. An expert in propaganda and media, he teaches at New York University.

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Screwed: The Undeclared War Against the Middle Class - and What We Can Do About It 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my Dad who was a staunch Republican, but was beginning to feel that his party had become something entirely different than he hoped or imagined. After reading Screwed he was able to realize that what he has been led to believe and what is actually taking place in Washington bear little resemblence to one another. This book will give you the tools and knowledge to smack down just about any right wing talking point. Great historical tidbits and writings from the founding fathers thoughout the book. By the way, my Dad will not be voting for a Republican in this election and the book is being passed around to some of his other conservative friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do you feel like there is something wrong in politics these days? Thom gives you an honest history lesson how reagan redistributed the nations wealth and what the middle class must do to keep from becoming extinct.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A must read book for anyone striving to understand what is going on in our country. Mr. Hartmann is articulate and knows his facts. He has no personal agenda except to dispense information which is vital to anyone who cares about the direction of this country (which should be everyone especially if they have children who will inherit the twisted legacy we are leaving). Read this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Highly disturbing, historically revealing. Goes back to the roots of our Constitution and Bill of Rights -- and how the current ruling Corporatocracy came to be -- and what we must do to save the middle class in this once great Republic. If we don't turn it around -- I feel for my kids and their kids. Our entire politic is corupt to the core. We ignore it at our peril.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Since the early 1980s, American politics have been meshed with the interests of large corporations. The result is a new form of 'corporatocracy,' which Thom Hartmann links to the woes of the middle class. He believes that the political Conservatives who pushed for privatization and special corporate tax breaks intentionally harmed the American middle class, which he calls the bedrock of democracy. While the U.S. government has helped corporations and wealthy citizens, it has increasingly taxed the public and killed social programs that fostered the middle class. Hartmann focuses on the U.S.' future, which, he says, depends on having a healthy middle class. He adds a historical perspective by quoting America's founders, who predicted the dangers of creeping corporatism, economic elitism and an incipient aristocracy. Although he is very assertive in his attacks on Conservatives and corporations, his approach is refreshing. We found this impassioned analysis interesting, but ¿ fair warning ¿ you won't like it much if you're a corporate lobbyist or a Bush supporter.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was absolutely moved and determined to improve middle class life because of this book! Even to the point of wanting to start a crusade against the Cons. I would definitely recommend this book to my friends because I believe that if a progressive movement doesn't start soon, my generation - the 18-25 crowd could do something about it and fight off the injustice that the government and the current administration is doing to us like conning Social Security, privatizing healthcare, screwing up public education [which I am a product of the beginnings of NCLB's effects], etc. Not just for today's generation, but for my children's and future generations to come.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As the title suggests, Thom Hartmann's book explains how the middle class has been screwed by the very government it trusted. But Hartmann spares neither guilty Democrats nor Republicans in making his point. In the past 25 years, the middle class has been dangerously eroded through deceptive policies that enrich and benefit the elite and leave the rest of us behind. It is the middle class that is the foundation of our democracy - without it we will no longer be a democracy. We are now at a dangerous crossroads. The US has entered a new gilded age, not entirely dissimilar to the age of the Carnegies and Rockefellers at the turn of the last century. It took several decades, a Depression, and a leader with the stature and respect of FDR to set us on the right path again. If we don't take back the democracy that is being lost in the 21st century gilded age, we stand to lose the solid middle class that is the glue for keeping democracy in tact and healthy. Perhaps because Hartmann is not an economist by trade, he is able to clarify often abstract and complex issues. He cuts through the gobbledygook of statistics and economic theory and offers an everyman's explanation of what has happened. It is both lucid and provocative. It's hard to know what will be the stimulus for garnering a more active public when the corporatocracy controls the media that feeds the middle class the 'facts' as they want to them to be heard, controls the educational agenda that keeps people from really learning how to think, and controls the machines that tally our votes. Hartmann's analysis is surely a start.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is truly a wake up call. I was surprised to know who owns our ballot boxes and programs to run them. No wonder we don't get who we actually vote for. Another thing, I'm tired of hearing Boomers don't pay their way and we will break Social Security. Well the truth came out, we boomers have paid twice and extending our retirement so we can pay for the greed of our elected officials and big business. I say -- READ THIS BOOK and find out that we truly are being SCREWED by our own people --- They have sold us out for their GREED. Read it plus in the back of the book is the research to back it up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Short book with great points and factual information.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The books itself is written at an 8th grade level, -readable. Although, the book's editing lacks a smooth transition between ideas. Further, those ideas are never developed beyond a few pages or completely evolved. It's a hodgepodge, that requires the reader to correlate to the theme. The poor rating has nothing to do with the author's political opinions. Nonetheless, the author does not present the oppositions arguement.