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Divided: The Perils of Our Growing Inequality

Divided: The Perils of Our Growing Inequality

by David Cay Johnston

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Essays on the dangers of the wealth and income gap, collected by the New York Times–bestselling author of It’s Even Worse Than You Think.
This collection includes writings by a wide range of voices—including Adam Smith, Elizabeth Warren, Barbara Ehrenreich, Joseph E. Stiglitz, Studs Terkel, Paul Krugman, Barack Obama, and David Cay Johnston—illuminating the reality of economic inequality in America, where in spite of the fury that followed the 2008 financial crisis, little has to been done to address the gulf between the one percent and the ninety-nine percent.
Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist David Cay Johnston explains that in this most unequal of developed nations, every aspect of inequality remains hotly contested and poorly understood. These writings, from leading scholars, journalists, and activists, offers a multifaceted look at the problem, exploring its devastating—and dangerous—implications in areas as diverse as education, justice, health care, social mobility, and political representation. Provocative and eminently readable, here is an essential resource for anyone who cares about the future of America—and compelling evidence that inequality can be ignored only at the nation’s peril.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781595589446
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 04/01/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 240,881
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

David Cay Johnston is an investigative journalist and the winner of a 2001 Pulitzer Prize for uncovering loopholes and inequities in the US tax code. He is the president of Investigative Reporters & Editors and the author of the bestselling trilogy Perfectly Legal, Free Lunch, and The Fine Print. He lives in Rochester, New York.
Adam Smith (1930–2014) is the pseudonym of George Goodman, a writer and editor best known for his Emmy Award–winning PBS program Adam Smith’s Money World. After graduating from Harvard College, he studied political economy as a Rhodes scholar at the University of Oxford. Goodman made his name as a journalist presenting financial and economic concepts to mainstream audiences and was a bestselling author of numerous books, including The Money GameSupermoney, and Powers of Mind. He was also a screenwriter, as well as a cofounder of New York magazine and Institutional Investor.

Table of Contents

Introduction David Cay Johnston ix

Insights on Inequality xix


Inequality and Democracy Barack Obama 1

The Vanishing Middle Class Elizabeth Warren 17

Necessaries Adam Smith 30

Income Inequality

How Gains at the Top Injure the Middle Class Robert H. Frank 35

Inequality Is Holding Back the Recovery Joseph E. Stiglitz 44

Wage Theft Kim Bobo 50

Home Depot's CEO-Size Tip Barbara Ehrenreich 65

Why Do So Many Jobs Pay So Badly? Christopher Jencks 67

In the Heart of Our Economy and Our Lives Beth Shulman 75

Household Wealth Inequality Edward N. Wolff 90

Inequality Across Generations Jared Bernstein 97

"I Didn't Do It Alone" Chuck Collins Felice Yeskel 100

Arthur A. Robertson and the 1929 Crash Studs Terkel 108

Graduates v. Oligarchs Paul Krugman 115


No Rich Child Left Behind sean f. reardon 123

Achievement Gap: Editorial Projects of the Education Research Center 130

Back to School Mike Rose 136

Educational Quality and Equality Linda Darling-Hammond 153

Health Care Inequality

Health and Income Inequalities Are Linked Richard Wilkinson 161

Unequal Quality of Care Mary E. O'Brien 165

Reducing Health Care Disparities Olveen Carrasquillo Jaime Torres 173

Universal Health Care Leo W. Gerard 180

U.S. Health Care Costs the Most-by Far David Cay Johnston 185

Inequality Kills Stephen Bezruchka 190

Debt and Poverty

Jailed for Being in Debt Chris Serres Glenn Howatt 203

America's Poverty "Tax" Gary Rivlin 211

Hunger in America Donald S. Shepard Elizabeth Setren Donna Cooper 215

Georgia's Hunger Games Neil deMause 219

Living Down to Expectations Stephen Pimpare 226


How Economics Is Biased Toward the Rich Moshe Adler 235

Don't Drink the Kool-Aid Robert Kuttner 246

Social Security Reduces Inequality-Efficiently, Effectively, and Fairly Nancy Altman Eric Kingson 250

Arguments For and Against Income Inequality Thomas L. Hungerford 260

Inequality of Hazard Frank Ackerman Lisa Heinzerling 264

A Different Kind of Epidemic Ernest Drucker 273

Prison's Dilemma Glenn C. Loury 284


Men and Their Underpaid Women David Cay Johnston 291

Race, Gender, Family Structure, and Poverty Peter Edelman 295

Employed Parents Who Can't Make a Living Lisa Dodson 305

Contributors 313

Additional Reading 319

Permissions 321

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