forslar, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by forslar)
This book is the most intriguing and important I've ever read. Shipler investigates the lives and conditions of the working poor from a wide swath of American life both geographically, ethnically, situationally. The real people populating his writing made it clear to me that even I, a confirmed liberal, harbored many misconceptions about the poor in America, who they were, how they came to be that way, what it would take to get them out of this situation. This is a book that should be required reading in all schools and of all people before they set out to vote or participate in any way in our shared life.
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Yves, January 10, 2010 (view all comments by Yves)
I have been a Physician for over 20 year and during the these two decades I have dedicated most of my work to take care of the poor. For the last 8 to 9 years I have given lectures on poverty and cultural competency to hundreds of participants to Doctors, Nurses, social workers, administrators and alike. I have cited this book in every single one of my lectures. This book explains in a well written fashion what my message is. I have advised every single one of the attendants to my lectures to read this book and I have given away several copies. This book is a real "eye opener" for people to understand the barriers that the poor face every day.
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by Jill Owens,
The Working Poor is a deeply impressive book, a thorough and balanced study of the millions of Americans living at or around the poverty line. Shipler's varied portraits and interviews are insightful and moving, and his analysis of causes and suggestions for plausible change left me with genuine hope.
by Jill Owens
by Kirkus Reviews,
"A damning report on poverty in America....A sobering work of investigation, as incisive — and necessary — as kindred reports by Michael Harrington, Jacob Riis, and Barbara Ehrenreich."
by Publishers Weekly,
"This guided and very personal tour through the lives of the working poor shatters the myth that America is a country in which prosperity and security are the inevitable rewards of gainful employment."
by Vanessa Bush, Booklist,
"Shipler fleshes out statistics and social policy with compelling portraits of people who struggle to maintain lives for themselves and their families....This is a compelling, insightful book for those interested in issues of poverty and social justice."
"The Working Poor is a powerful exposé that builds from page to page, from one grim revelation to another, until you have no choice but to leap out of your armchair and strike a blow for economic justice." Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed
by Bill Bradley,
"Through a combination of hard facts and moving accounts of hardships endured by individuals, David Shipler's new book fills in the gaps and denounces the many myths of the politically drawn caricatures and stereotypes of workers who live in poverty in America. His call to action powerfully argues that we must simultaneously address the full range of interrelated problems that confront the poor instead of tackling one issue at a time. It is a compelling book that will shift the terms of and reinvigorate the debate about social justice in America."
by Ron Suskind, The New York Times Book Review,
"[A] powerful new book....Clearly one of those seminal books that every American should read and read now."
From the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Arab and Jew comes a new book that gives a searing, intimate portrait of working American families struggling against insurmountable odds to escape poverty.
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