Fucked at Birth: Recalibrating the American Dream for the 2020s

Fucked at Birth: Recalibrating the American Dream for the 2020s

by Dale Maharidge


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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Dale Maharidge has dedicated his career to documenting poverty in America. Now, driving across the country in an unprecedented time of upheaval, he embarks on a fearless reckoning with our future.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781951213220
Publisher: The Unnamed Press
Publication date: 01/12/2021
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 728,060
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

For two decades, Dale Maharidge has been one of America's leading chroniclers of poverty. Alongside photographer Michael Williamson, his book And Their Children After Them won the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction in 1990, revisiting the places and people of depression-era America, depicted in Walker Evans's and James Agee's Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. Also with Williamson, Maharidge wrote Journey to Nowhere: The Saga of the New Underclass, which Bruce Springsteen has credited as an influence for songs such as "Youngstown" and "The New Timer".

Table of Contents

I Fucked at Birth

Fucked at Birth 13

Loaves & Fishes 21

II California

The Snake Pit 29

The Island 43

Griffith Park 49

The Shower of Hope 57

III Nevada-Colorado

Feeding America 69

Paranoia in Flagstaff 73

Colorado Plateau 79

IV Denver

Struggle of Love 89

BLM 97

V Meat Towns

Crete 111

It's a Wonderful Life 119

VI Youngstown

I'm Sinking Down 133

VII If 20's are 30's

If 20's are 30's 153

VIII New York City

Recalibrating 167

Acknowledgments 181

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From the Publisher

"In urgent, devastating prose, Dale Maharidge chronicles his road trip across a nation in freefall, meeting left-behind Americans who are surviving not only the pandemic but other deadly contagions he's diagnosed in decades of reporting: income inequality, institutional racism, creeping fascism, hard-heartedness and fear. For all who seek the cure, Fucked at Birth is essential reading.” —Jessica Bruder, author of Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century

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