America: What Went Wrong? The Crisis Deepens — Donald Barlett and James Steele
Preorder now! Publication date June 15
Long before Covid-19 ravaged the economy, millions of middle-class Americans were struggling with another crisis — stagnant earnings, unaffordable health care and the prospect of an impoverished retirement.
This is no accident: In this updated and expanded edition of their New York Times No. 1 bestseller, Pulitzer-Prize winning reporters Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele explain with human stories and authoritative statistical findings how specific actions by Washington and Wall Street are systematically dismantling the middle class.
Sweeping in scope, meticulously researched and enriched with interviews, this new book vividly reveals how decades of tax policy, deregulation and economic measures have created soaring income inequality and fewer opportunities for most Americans. Barlett and Steele document how Congresses and presidents of both parties repeatedly choose to favor the few at the expense of the many, creating a transfer of wealth of colossal proportions. Now, new policies are launching a fresh assault on the middle class.
Barlett and Steele show that this need not be: There are solutions, but they require us to change our thinking and recognize that our reliance on the private market to uplift all Americans and solve all our problems has failed, as we’ve seen most recently during the coronavirus pandemic. To make the American dream a reality for all Americans, government must play a more active role — to reassert itself on behalf of all the people by creating regulatory oversight that balances public safety with business interests, enacting more equitable tax policies and implementing programs that assure all Americans of basic health care and a decent retirement.
Middle-class Americans know that their way of life is under attack. This book explains how it happened and how we can make it right.
- Paperback: 334 pages
- Retail price: $16.95
- Publisher: Mission Point Press (June 15, 2020)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 195065950X
- ISBN-13: 978-1950659500
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches