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ISBN13: 9780307493408
ISBN10: 0307493407
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Nobody who works hard should be poor in America, writes Pulitzer Prize winner David Shipler. Clear-headed, rigorous, and compassionate, he journeys deeply into the lives of individual storeclerks and factory workers, farm laborers and sweat-shop seamstresses, illegal immigrants in menial jobs and Americans saddled with immense student loans and paltry wages. They are known as the workingpoor.

They perform labor essential to America's comfort. They are white and black, Latino and Asian--men and women in small towns and city slums trapped near the poverty line, where the marginsare so tight that even minor setbacks can cause devastating chain reactions. Shipler shows how liberals and conservatives are both partly right-that practically every life story contains failure by both thesociety and the individual. Braced by hard fact and personal testimony, he unravels the forces that confine people in the quagmire of low wages. And unlike most works on poverty, this book also offers compelling portraitsof employers struggling against razor-thin profits and competition from abroad. With pointed recommendations for change that challenge Republicans and Democrats alike, The Working Poor stands to make adifference.

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An intimate portrait of poverty-level working families from a range of ethnic backgrounds in America reveals their legacy of low-paying, dead-end jobs, dysfunctional parenting, and substance abuse and charges the government with failing to provide adequate housing, health care, and education. Reprint. 40,000 first printing.

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"This is clearly one of those seminal books that every American should read and read now." --The New York Times Book Review

" An essential book. . . . It should be required reading not just for every member of Congress, but for every eligible voter." --The Washington Post Book World

Sensitive, sometimes heart-rending . . . . A vivid portrait of the struggle of the working poor to acquire steady, decently paid employment. -Commentary

"Insightful and moving. . . . Shipler writes with enormous grace and] he captures the immense frustration endured by the working poor as few others have." --The Nation

"Welcome and important. . . . Shipler manages to see all aspects of poverty--psychological, personal, societal--and examine how they're related. . . . There is much here to ponder for conservatives and liberals alike." -The Seattle Times

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About the Author

David K. Shipler worked for the New York Times from 1966 to 1988, reporting from New York, Saigon, Moscow, and Jerusalem before serving as chief diplomatic correspondent in Washington, D.C. He has also written for The New Yorker, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times. He is the author of three other books—Russia: Broken Idols, Solemn Dreams; Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land (which won the Pulitzer Prize); and A Country of Strangers: Blacks and Whites in America. Mr. Shipler, who has been a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution and a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, has taught at Princeton University, at American University in Washington, D.C., and at Dartmouth College. He lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

At the Edge of Poverty

Chapter One

Money and Its Opposite

Chapter Two

Work Doesn’t Work

Chapter Three

Importing the Third World

Chapter Four

Harvest of Shame

Chapter Five

The Daunting Workplace

Chapter Six

Sins of the Fathers

Chapter Seven

Kinship

Chapter Eight

Body and Mind

Chapter Nine

Dreams

Chapter Ten

Work Works

Chapter Eleven

Skill and Will

Epilogue

Notes

Index

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paradisebird, July 16, 2009 (view all comments by paradisebird)
The book gives us a panaroma in other way.We can say it shows that Amreica is not a paradise land that full of happiness. Working poor are struggling to avoid working in poor. As we can say, it is still a long way to go to maintain sustainable development in a harmonious way.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307493408
Subtitle:
Invisible in America
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Author:
Shipler, David K.
Subject:
Social Science : Sociology - General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20050104
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
352

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Product details 352 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9780307493408 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , An intimate portrait of poverty-level working families from a range of ethnic backgrounds in America reveals their legacy of low-paying, dead-end jobs, dysfunctional parenting, and substance abuse and charges the government with failing to provide adequate housing, health care, and education. Reprint. 40,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , "This is clearly one of those seminal books that every American should read and read now." --The New York Times Book Review

" An essential book. . . . It should be required reading not just for every member of Congress, but for every eligible voter." --The Washington Post Book World

Sensitive, sometimes heart-rending . . . . A vivid portrait of the struggle of the working poor to acquire steady, decently paid employment. -Commentary

"Insightful and moving. . . . Shipler writes with enormous grace and] he captures the immense frustration endured by the working poor as few others have." --The Nation

"Welcome and important. . . . Shipler manages to see all aspects of poverty--psychological, personal, societal--and examine how they're related. . . . There is much here to ponder for conservatives and liberals alike." -The Seattle Times

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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