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This Land Is Their Land: Reports from a Divided Nation

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Publisher Comments:

America in the 'aughts — hilariously skewered, brilliantly dissected, and darkly diagnosed by the bestselling social critic hailed as "the soul mate"* of Jonathan Swift.

Barbara Ehrenreich's first book of satirical commentary, The Worst Years of Our Lives, about the Reagan era, was received with bestselling acclaim. The one problem was the title: couldn't some prophetic fact-checker have seen that the worst years of our lives — far worse — were still to come? Here they are, the 2000s, and in This Land Is Their Land, Ehrenreich subjects them to the most biting and incisive satire of her career.

Taking the measure of what we are left with after the cruelest decade in memory, Ehrenreich finds lurid extremes all around. While members of the moneyed elite can buy congressmen, many in the working class can barely buy lunch. While a wealthy minority obsessively consumes cosmetic surgery, the poor often go without health care for their children. And while the corporate C-suites are now nests of criminality, the less fortunate are fed a diet of morality, marriage, and abstinence. Ehrenreich's antidotes are as sardonic as they are spot-on: pet insurance for your kids; Salvation Army fashions for those who can no longer afford Wal-Mart; and boundless rage against those who have given us a nation scarred by deepening inequality, corroded by distrust, and shamed by its official cruelty.

Full of wit and generosity, these reports from a divided nation show once again that Ehrenreich is, as Molly Ivins said, "good for the soul."

*The Times (London)

Review:

"When a hospital employee whose hospital-supplied insurance doesn't cover her hospital-incurred bill finds her wages garnished, where's a political satirist to go for material? Feisty, fearlessly progressive Ehrenreich offers laughter on the way to tears in 62 previously published essays that show 'the rich getting richer and poor getting poorer.' She investigates pockets of poverty among undocumented workers, military families and recent college graduates. Ehrenreich's reach is capacious, encompassing not only unemployment, health insurance and inflation, but corporate spying, cancer studies, marriage education, the 'abstinence training business' and 'Disney's Princess products.' Her passion, compassion and wit keep these excursions lively and timely — even when yesterday's headlines provide the immediate provocation, e.g., JetBlue's 'snow snafu.' The vignettes go down a bit like eating peanuts — too many at one time palls, but they're not unhealthy, unless you have an allergic reaction to Ehrenreich's message: 'America is being polarized between the superrich few and the subrich everyone else.' Entertaining Ehrenreich certainly is, but she raises a hard, serious question: 'How many 'wake-up calls' do we need, people...?'" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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The recent economic downturn, with the collapse of the housing bubble and the tightening of credit, has revealed a world of financial risk that had been there all along, unnoticed by most of us. Two new books examine other financial perils and inequities that put us further at risk.

You might not expect a book on economic policy to be a page-turner, but Peter Gosselin's "High Wire"... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Review:

"This thought-provoking book shouldn't be read like a novel....But reading a few essays at a time lets Ehrenreich's thoughtful messages sink home." Miami Herald

Review:

"Those looking for an easy answer for such cultural narcissism will not find it in this book, but they will find plenty of black-laced humor and, at times, a strong jolt of passion." Portland Oregonian

Review:

"Of the 15 books she's written...few spill over with the effervescent sarcasm that runs through This Land Is Their Land....Ehrenreich writes with a charm that makes you forgive the hyperbole: She is, after all, trying to get your attention." Los Angeles Times

Review:

"Journalism at its best speaks truth to power. And that is exactly what Barbara Ehrenreich has done in This Land Is Their Land. May she keep doing it for a long time." BookReporter.com

Synopsis:

Ehrenreich's second work of satirical commentary reflects on one of the cruelest decades in memory — the 2000s — in which she finds a nation scarred by deepening inequality, corroded by distrust, and shamed by its official cruelty.

Synopsis:

America in the aughts—hilariously skewered, brilliantly dissected, and darkly diagnosed by the bestselling social critic hailed as “the soul mate”* of Jonathan Swift

Barbara Ehrenreichs first book of satirical commentary, The Worst Years of Our Lives, about the Reagan era, was received with bestselling acclaim. The one problem was the title: couldnt some prophetic fact-checker have seen that the worst years of our lives—far worse—were still to come? Here they are, the 2000s, and in This Land Is Their Land, Ehrenreich subjects them to the most biting and incisive satire of her career.

Taking the measure of what we are left with after the cruelest decade in memory, Ehrenreich finds lurid extremes all around. While members of the moneyed elite can buy congressmen, many in the working class can barely buy lunch. While a wealthy minority obsessively consumes cosmetic surgery, the poor often go without health care for their children. And while the corporate C-suites are now nests of criminality, the less fortunate are fed a diet of morality, marriage, and abstinence. Ehrenreichs antidotes are as sardonic as they are spot-on: pet insurance for your kids; Salvation Army fashions for those who can no longer afford Wal-Mart; and boundless rage against those who have given us a nation scarred by deepening inequality, corroded by distrust, and shamed by its official cruelty.

Full of wit and generosity, these reports from a divided nation show once again that Ehrenreich is, as Molly Ivins said, “good for the soul.”

—*The Times (London)

Synopsis:

America in the aughts—hilariously skewered, brilliantly dissected, and darkly diagnosed by one of the countrys most prominent social critics

Now in paperback, Barbara Ehrenreichs widely acclaimed This Land Is Their Land takes the measure of what we are left with after the cruelest decade in memory and finds lurid extremes all around. While members of the moneyed elite have bought up congressmen, many in the working class can barely buy lunch. While a wealthy minority obsessively consumes cosmetic surgery, the poor often go without health care for their children. And while the Masters of the Universe have thrown themselves into the casino economy, the less fortunate have been fed a diet of morality, marriage, and abstinence. With perfect satiric pitch, Ehrenreich reveals a country scarred by deepening inequality, corroded by distrust, and shamed by its official cruelty.

Full of wit and generosity, these reports from a divided nation—including new and unpublished essays—confirm once again that Ehrenreich is, as the San Francisco Chronicle proclaims, “essential reading.”

About the Author

Barbara Ehrenreich is the author of fourteen books, including Dancing in the Streets and the New York Times bestsellers Nickel and Dimed and Bait and Switch. A frequent contributor to Harper's and The Nation, she has also been a columnist at The New York Times and Time magazine.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805088403
Subtitle:
Reports from a Divided Nation
Author:
Ehrenreich, Barbara
Publisher:
Holt Paperbacks
Subject:
Non-Classifiable
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Social problems
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Economic Conditions
Subject:
Public Policy - Social Policy
Subject:
United States Social conditions.
Subject:
Social problems -- United States.
Subject:
General Political Science
Subject:
Political Economy
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20090427
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.01 x 5.28 x 0.72 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "When a hospital employee whose hospital-supplied insurance doesn't cover her hospital-incurred bill finds her wages garnished, where's a political satirist to go for material? Feisty, fearlessly progressive Ehrenreich offers laughter on the way to tears in 62 previously published essays that show 'the rich getting richer and poor getting poorer.' She investigates pockets of poverty among undocumented workers, military families and recent college graduates. Ehrenreich's reach is capacious, encompassing not only unemployment, health insurance and inflation, but corporate spying, cancer studies, marriage education, the 'abstinence training business' and 'Disney's Princess products.' Her passion, compassion and wit keep these excursions lively and timely — even when yesterday's headlines provide the immediate provocation, e.g., JetBlue's 'snow snafu.' The vignettes go down a bit like eating peanuts — too many at one time palls, but they're not unhealthy, unless you have an allergic reaction to Ehrenreich's message: 'America is being polarized between the superrich few and the subrich everyone else.' Entertaining Ehrenreich certainly is, but she raises a hard, serious question: 'How many 'wake-up calls' do we need, people...?'" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "This thought-provoking book shouldn't be read like a novel....But reading a few essays at a time lets Ehrenreich's thoughtful messages sink home."
"Review" by , "Those looking for an easy answer for such cultural narcissism will not find it in this book, but they will find plenty of black-laced humor and, at times, a strong jolt of passion."
"Review" by , "Of the 15 books she's written...few spill over with the effervescent sarcasm that runs through This Land Is Their Land....Ehrenreich writes with a charm that makes you forgive the hyperbole: She is, after all, trying to get your attention."
"Review" by , "Journalism at its best speaks truth to power. And that is exactly what Barbara Ehrenreich has done in This Land Is Their Land. May she keep doing it for a long time."
"Synopsis" by , Ehrenreich's second work of satirical commentary reflects on one of the cruelest decades in memory — the 2000s — in which she finds a nation scarred by deepening inequality, corroded by distrust, and shamed by its official cruelty.
"Synopsis" by ,

America in the aughts—hilariously skewered, brilliantly dissected, and darkly diagnosed by the bestselling social critic hailed as “the soul mate”* of Jonathan Swift

Barbara Ehrenreichs first book of satirical commentary, The Worst Years of Our Lives, about the Reagan era, was received with bestselling acclaim. The one problem was the title: couldnt some prophetic fact-checker have seen that the worst years of our lives—far worse—were still to come? Here they are, the 2000s, and in This Land Is Their Land, Ehrenreich subjects them to the most biting and incisive satire of her career.

Taking the measure of what we are left with after the cruelest decade in memory, Ehrenreich finds lurid extremes all around. While members of the moneyed elite can buy congressmen, many in the working class can barely buy lunch. While a wealthy minority obsessively consumes cosmetic surgery, the poor often go without health care for their children. And while the corporate C-suites are now nests of criminality, the less fortunate are fed a diet of morality, marriage, and abstinence. Ehrenreichs antidotes are as sardonic as they are spot-on: pet insurance for your kids; Salvation Army fashions for those who can no longer afford Wal-Mart; and boundless rage against those who have given us a nation scarred by deepening inequality, corroded by distrust, and shamed by its official cruelty.

Full of wit and generosity, these reports from a divided nation show once again that Ehrenreich is, as Molly Ivins said, “good for the soul.”

—*The Times (London)
"Synopsis" by , America in the aughts—hilariously skewered, brilliantly dissected, and darkly diagnosed by one of the countrys most prominent social critics

Now in paperback, Barbara Ehrenreichs widely acclaimed This Land Is Their Land takes the measure of what we are left with after the cruelest decade in memory and finds lurid extremes all around. While members of the moneyed elite have bought up congressmen, many in the working class can barely buy lunch. While a wealthy minority obsessively consumes cosmetic surgery, the poor often go without health care for their children. And while the Masters of the Universe have thrown themselves into the casino economy, the less fortunate have been fed a diet of morality, marriage, and abstinence. With perfect satiric pitch, Ehrenreich reveals a country scarred by deepening inequality, corroded by distrust, and shamed by its official cruelty.

Full of wit and generosity, these reports from a divided nation—including new and unpublished essays—confirm once again that Ehrenreich is, as the San Francisco Chronicle proclaims, “essential reading.”

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