Synopses & Reviews
Prominent CNN host and commentator Lou Dobbs unleashes his manifesto on the vanishing American dream.
Through his nightly CNN show, Lou Dobbs Tonight, his syndicated radio program, and his monthly magazine column, Lou Dobbs has become one of America's most visible, popular, and respected voices on business and financial matters. Now, with War on the Middle Class, Dobbs takes an impassioned and rousing stance on the all-out class war that is turning the American dream into a nightmare.
The middle class has never been so vulnerable. Its every feature is under assault by politicians and the lobbyists who court them, big-business corporations that are sending their jobs overseas, and a media that relies on sensationalism instead of facts when reporting the news. In a sweeping analysis, Dobbs looks at every aspect of the decline of the middle class from a lack of political representation to America's corrupt health-care system to demonstrate how the gap between America's newest haves and have-nots is no longer merely financial, but instead includes the erosion of education, employment, government, and community. Dobbs proposes a series of measures to resolve each issue and incite people, whose future is being mortgaged to benefit a powerful few, to preserve their rights and dreams. War on the Middle Class is provocative, incendiary, and bound to be widely discussed the perfect book to establish the terms of debate in this year's midterm elections.
"Though a self-confessed 'lifelong Republican and a strong believer in free enterprise,' Dobbs's opinions have evolved away from mainline GOP and corporate dogma. Charging that the Clinton and Bush administrations have waged 'class warfare' on the American middle class, he criticizes their free trade policies, which have eliminated manufacturing jobs in the U.S., either outright or by outsourcing them. He's scornful of a GOP that panders to its fundamentalist religious base with bills that focus on abortion, gay marriage and the Pledge of Allegiance while the huge federal deficits ('an estate tax on the middle class and their children') spiral out of control. He rails against the K Street lobbyists, like Jack Abramoff, and their friends in Congress; chastises the credit card and banking industries for engineering the new bankruptcy law to their own profits; and criticizes the press for its sloppy 'he says, she says' journalism. But Dobbs risks slipping from populist to demagogue in his jeremiad against the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in this country and his support for the vigilante Minuteman Project. Agree with him or not, Dobbs remains a refreshingly bold thinker who refuses to be intellectually pigeonholed." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"His refreshing prose, like his on-air persona, combines seemingly unmixable ingredients [and] thanks to Dobbs' passion and charisma [War on the Middle Class] succeeds in sounding an alarm that cannot be ignored."
-The New York Times Book Review
"[Dobbs] manages to shine a powerful spotlight on many outrages."
"[Dobbs is] a refreshingly bold thinker who refuses to be intellectually pigeon- holed."
-Publishers Weekly, starred review
Offering solutions as well as commentary, prominent CNN host and commentator Lou Dobbs unleashes his manifesto on the vanishing American dream.
Lou Dobbs's bestselling exposé of the silent assault on the living standards of ordinary Americans
Millions of TV viewers have known Lou Dobbs for years as the Walter Cronkite of economics coverage, and now the anchor has become the preeminent champion of the common man and the good of the national interest, who tells uncomfortable truths in a voice that can't be ignored. In this incendiary book, he presents a frontline report on the betrayal of America's middle class by interests that range from rapacious corporations to an out-of-touch political elite. The result is not only lost jobs but also dysfunctional schools and unaffordable health care. But War on the Middle Class also outlines a bold program for change. As essential as it is infuriating, this book furnishes the talking points for the national debate on income and class.
About the Author
Lou Dobbs is the anchor and managing editor of CNN's Lou Dobbs Tonight. He writes for Money and U.S. News & World Report and manages the "Lou Dobbs Money Letter." He has received the Peabody Award, the Luminary Award by the Business Journalism Review, the Horatio Alger Association Award for Distinguished Americans, as well as an Emmy Lifetime Achievement award.