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Third World America: How Our Politicians Are Abandoning the Middle Class and Betraying the American Dream


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ISBN13: 9780307719829
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It’s not an exaggeration to say that middle-class Americans are an endangered species and that the American Dream of a secure, comfortable standard of living has become as outdated as an Edsel with an eight-track player.  That the United States of America is in danger of becoming a third world nation.


The evidence is all around us:


Our industrial base is vanishing, taking with it the kind of jobs that have formed the backbone of our economy for more than a century; our education system is in shambles, making it harder for tomorrow’s workforce to acquire the information and training it needs to land good twenty-first century jobs; our infrastructure—our roads, our bridges, our sewage and water, our transportation and electrical systems—is crumbling; our economic system has been reduced to recurring episodes of Corporations Gone Wild; our political system is broken, in thrall to a small financial elite using the power of the checkbook to control both parties.


And America’s middle class, the driver of so much of our economic success and political stability, is rapidly disappearing, forcing us to confront the fear that we are slipping as a nation – that our children and grandchildren will enjoy fewer opportunities and face a lower standard of living than we did.


It’s the dark flipside of the American Dream – an American Nightmare of our own making.


Arianna Huffington, who, with the must-read Huffington Post, has her finger on the pulse of America, unflinchingly tracks the gradual demise of America as an industrial, political, and economic leader.  In the vein of her fiery bestseller Pigs at the Trough, Third World America points fingers, names names, and details who’s killing the American Dream.


Finally, calling on the can-do attitude that is part of America’s DNA, Huffington shows precisely what we need to do to stop our freefall and keep America from turning into a third world nation.


Third World America is a must-read for anyone disturbed by our country’s steady descent from 20th century superpower to backwater banana republic.

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In this polemical work, Huffington (cofounder and editor in chief of the website Huffington Post) warns that the United States, with its crumbling infrastructure, dwindling manufacturing base, failing school system, and money-dominated political system, is in danger of turning into "Third World America." She catalogues these and other problems, arguing that the American middle class is in danger of disappearing if significant reform to the democratic system and the economy fail to occur. She also addresses some of the ways individuals can begin to address these problems through voluntarism and through using online resources to network with each other in order to press for change. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

ARIANNA HUFFINGTON is the cofounder and editor in chief of the Huffington Post, a nationally syndicated columnist, and the author of thirteen books. She is also the cohost of Left, Right & Center, public radio’s popular political roundtable program. She was named to the Time 100, Time magazine’s list of the world’s one hundred most influential people, and to the Financial Times’s list of fifty people who shaped the decade. Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was sixteen and graduated from Cambridge University with an MA in economics. 

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abeck01, January 17, 2011 (view all comments by abeck01)
Huffington's book is a wake up call to a sleeping, depleted America that we have lost our place in the world thanks to efforts of the corporate-military-banking complex that has been in a sustained process of rewarding the rich on the backs of the poor. As a result, our middle class is rapidly disappearing and those social stepping stones that once existed to help people move up the ladder have virtually disappeared. This concentration of wealth on the rich has let this country ignore its physical infrastructure, prevents the middle class from accessing essential services, has reduced our image across the globe and set our students back 10-20 years compared to those in other countries. She includes important statistics throughout the book as well as some personal stories of individuals negatively impacted by the recession. The book could use more of those stories, although through judicious use of her (dry) statistics, Huffington manages to keep the subject interesting and the book moving forward. She tries to include a slight upward note of hope towards the end but there is more power to her arguments when she does not sugar coat them.
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How Our Politicians Are Abandoning the Middle Class and Betraying the American Dream
Huffington, Arianna
Economic Conditions
Social classes
United States Social policy 1993-
United States Politics and government.
Politics - General
United States - 20th Century
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