American Poverty: Why America's Treatment of the Poor Undermines its Authority as a World Power

American Poverty: Why America's Treatment of the Poor Undermines its Authority as a World Power

by Laurel A. Rockefeller


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In 2014 Russian aggression towards the Ukraine and the rise of ISIS called into question whether or not the United States genuinely functions as a world power anymore following numerous failures by Americans to influence and affect global change in the areas that most threaten national security.

In this thoughtful and thought provoking book, author-historian Laurel A. Rockefeller takes a look at the role poverty plays in American foreign policy effectiveness and how each of us can play a part in making our world better and safer for everyone.

Part one: essays on five aspects of American Poverty that affect everyone in the United States.

Part two: analysis on each essay topic, how each affects our society, and what we as individuals can do to make things better.

Part three: a look at poverty in Germany, Canada, France, and the United Kingdom to see how they handle the same issues confronting Americans. Analysis on how American poverty affects the reputation of the United States overseas.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781502897800
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 10/19/2014
Pages: 94
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.19(d)

About the Author

Born, raised, and educated in Lincoln, Nebraska USA, author-historian Laurel A. Rockefeller educates while she entertains, encouraging readers to think about current events and history in a completely new way. Using exhaustive and comprehensive research across dozens of academic disciplines, Laurel's stories come alive so vividly it is easy to forget you are learning something new.

Can it be any wonder that secondary school teacher Lorraine Carey calls Laurel's "Legendary Women of World History Series, "...a gold mine for educators that want an all inclusive history unit?" Debb LaVoie agrees, "Laurel A. Rockefeller weaves a wonderful story." Rabid Reader Reviews adds, "I really enjoy Laurel Rockefeller's work and believe that she'll be responsible for introducing many young women to historical figures they will admire."

As a low vision author who lost most of her sight to a traumatic brain injury while in secondary school, Laurel is passionate about high quality audio books. London-born British actor and voice actor Richard Mann narrates Laurel's audio book editions with superb performances complimentary to and enhancing Laurel's powerful and vibrant creative non-fiction storytelling. Hear Mr. Mann in action on Audible at

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American Poverty: Why America's Treatment of the Poor Undermines its Authority as a World Power 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Short informative read. The author's point were clear on how poverty is viewed in our society.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An interesting series of essays on American Poverty, Ms. Rockefeller covers all the salient points as to why the USA is quickly fading as an actual World Power, becoming more of a "world bully" because we don't bother to take care of our own people, and we don't care about how our own culture affects normal people. Definitely worth a read.