The Betrayal of the American Dream

The Betrayal of the American Dream

by Donald L. Barlett, James B. Steele
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The Betrayal of the American Dream by Donald L. Barlett, James B. Steele

A New York Times bestseller

America’s unique prosperity is based on its creation of a middle class. In the twentieth century, that middle class provided the workforce, the educated skills, and the demand that gave life to the world’s greatest consumer economy. It was innovative and dynamic; it eclipsed old imperial systems and colonial archetypes. It gave rise to a dream: that if you worked hard and followed the rules you would prosper in America, and your children would enjoy a better life than yours.
The American dream was the lure to gifted immigrants and the birthright opportunity for every American citizen. It is as important a part of the history of the country as the passing of the Bill of Rights, the outcome of the battle of Gettysburg, or the space program. Incredibly, however, for more than thirty years, government and big business in America have conspired to roll back the American dream. What was once accessible to a wide swath of the population is increasingly open only to a privileged few.
The story of how the American middle class has been systematically impoverished and its prospects thwarted in favor of a new ruling elite is at the heart of this extraordinarily timely and revealing book, whose devastating findings from two of the finest investigative reporters in the country will leave you astonished and angry.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781610393201
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 10/22/2013
Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 1,209,975
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele are the nation’s most honored investigative reporting team, and authors of the New York Times bestseller America: What Went Wrong? They have worked together for more than forty years, first at the Philadelphia Inquirer (1971–1997), then at Time magazine (1997–2006), and now at Vanity Fair since 2006. They have also written seven books. They are the only reporting team ever to have received two Pulitzer Prizes for newspaper reporting and two National Magazine Awards for magazine work. They live in Philadelphia.

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The Betrayal of the American Dream: What Went Wrong 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The writers show, with numerous illustrations, how the power and money hungry people in control of this country have sent all the good jobs overseas and destroyed old, revered companies that built the economy that allowed so many Americans to pull themselves into the Middle Class. Now that Middle Class is disappearing, and the gap between the rich and poor is widening. Any hope that my children and grandchildren will be able to have a better life than I have had is fast fading unless things change. Every American who loves his country and hopes for a brighter future should read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book should be required reading for every Congressperson, Senator, and congressional staff member.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I heard an interview with the authors on npr and am looking forward to a good old fashioned progressive read.
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This book pulls no punches. Damning enditement of the ruling class's plundering of our commonwealth. Sad vignettes of workers screwed by corporations. Concise roadmap in the last chapter. Sad, angry, hopeful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These reporters made the difficult issues facing the US economy simple to understand. Is was really depressing to read and a couple of times I had the urge to slit my wrists I was so depressed, but the last chapter is a call to be informed as voters and insist on change in very specific areas. Thanks for the great info.
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