Poverty, by America (Hardcover)

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The Pulitzer Prize–winning, bestselling author of Evicted reimagines the debate on poverty, making a new and bracing argument about why it persists in America: because the rest of us benefit from it.
The United States, the richest country on earth, has more poverty than any other advanced democracy. Why? Why does this land of plenty allow one in every eight of its children to go without basic necessities, permit scores of its citizens to live and die on the streets, and authorize its corporations to pay poverty wages? 
In this landmark book, acclaimed sociologist Matthew Desmond draws on history, research, and original reporting to show how affluent Americans knowingly and unknowingly keep poor people poor. Those of us who are financially secure exploit the poor, driving down their wages while forcing them to overpay for housing and access to cash and credit. We prioritize the subsidization of our wealth over the alleviation of poverty, designing a welfare state that gives the most to those who need the least. And we stockpile opportunity in exclusive communities, creating zones of concentrated riches alongside those of concentrated despair. Some lives are made small so that others may grow.
Elegantly written and fiercely argued, this compassionate book gives us new ways of thinking about a morally urgent problem. It also helps us imagine solutions. Desmond builds a startlingly original and ambitious case for ending poverty. He calls on us all to become poverty abolitionists, engaged in a politics of collective belonging to usher in a new age of shared prosperity and, at last, true freedom.

About the Author

Matthew Desmond is the Maurice P. During Professor of Sociology at Princeton University and the founding director of the Eviction Lab. His last book, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award, among others. The recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, Desmond is also a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine.

Praise For…

Praise for Evicted

Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction • National Book Critics Circle Award • Carnegie Medal for Nonfiction, American Library Association • PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction • PEN/New England, Best Book of Nonfiction

“My God, what [Evicted] lays bare about American poverty. It is devastating and infuriating and a necessary read.”—Roxane Gay

“Astonishing . . . [Matthew] Desmond has set a new standard for reporting on poverty.”—Barbara Ehrenreich, The New York Times Book Review

“Gripping and moving—tragic, too.”—Jesmyn Ward

“This book gave me a better sense of what it is like to be very poor in this country than anything else I have read. . . . It is beautifully written, thought-provoking, and unforgettable.”—Bill Gates, Gates Notes

“This is an extraordinary and crucial piece of work. Read it. Please, read it.”—Adrian Nicole LeBlanc

Evicted stands among the very best of the social justice books.”—Ann Patchett

“After reading Evicted, you’ll realize you cannot have a serious conversation about poverty without talking about housing. . . . The book is that good, and it’s that unignorable.”—Jennifer Senior, The New York Times

Product Details
ISBN: 9780593239919
ISBN-10: 0593239911
Publisher: Crown
Publication Date: March 21st, 2023
Pages: 304
Language: English