Brown University


The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives

by Sasha Abramsky
Nation Books, August 2014   ISBN: 978-156858460-7
Price: $16.99

"Fifty years after Michael Harrington published his groundbreaking book The Other America, in which he chronicled the lives of people excluded from the Age of Affluence, poverty in America is back with a vengeance.  It is made up of both the long-term chronically poor and new working poor--the tens of millions of victims of a broken economy and an ever more dysfunctional political system.  In many ways, for the majority of Americans, financial insecurity has become the new norm…It is, Harrington believed, a moral outrage that in a country as wealthy as America, so many people could be so poor.  Written in the wake of the 2008 financial collapse, in an era of grotesque economic extremes, The American Way of Poverty brings that same powerful indignation to the topic."

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