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Download E-books The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap PDF

By Matt Taibbi

NEW YORK occasions BESTSELLER • NAMED the most effective BOOKS OF THE 12 months via THE WASHINGTON POST, NPR, AND KIRKUS REVIEWS

A scathing portrait of an pressing new American crisis
 
over the past 20 years, the United States has been falling deeper and deeper right into a statistical mystery:
 
Poverty is going up. Crime is going down. The felony inhabitants doubles.
Fraud by means of the wealthy wipes out forty percentage of the world’s wealth. the wealthy get hugely richer. not anyone is going to jail.
 
looking for an answer, journalist Matt Taibbi came across the Divide, the seam in American lifestyles the place our such a lot troubling trends—growing wealth inequality and mass incarceration—come jointly, pushed through a dramatic shift in American citizenship: Our uncomplicated rights are actually decided through our wealth or poverty. The Divide is what permits hugely damaging fraud by means of the hyperwealthy to head unpunished, whereas turning poverty itself right into a crime—but it’s most unlikely to work out until eventually you examine those alarming traits part through side.
 
In The Divide, Matt Taibbi takes readers on a galvanizing trip via either side of our new procedure of justice—the fun-house-mirror worlds of the untouchably filthy rich and the criminalized terrible. He uncovers the startling looting that preceded the monetary cave in; a wild conspiracy of billionaire hedge fund managers to wreck an organization via soiled tips; and the tale of a whistleblower who will get within the means of the biggest banks in the United States, in basic terms to discover herself within the crosshairs. at the different part of the Divide, Taibbi takes us to front strains of the immigrant dragnet; into the newly punitive welfare approach which treats its beneficiaries as thieves; and deep contained in the stop-and-frisk global, the place status in entrance of your home has develop into an arrestable offense. As he narrates those outstanding tales, he attracts out and analyzes their universal resource: a perverse new average of justice, according to a thorough, hectic new imaginative and prescient of civil rights.
 
via astonishing—and enraging—accounts of the high-stakes capers of the rich and nightmare tales of normal humans stuck within the Divide’s punishing good judgment, Taibbi lays naked one of many maximum demanding situations we are facing in modern American existence: surviving a method that devours the lives of the negative, turns a blind eye to the harmful crimes of the rich, and implicates us all.

Praise for The Divide
 
“Ambitious . . . deeply suggested, hugely compelling . . . very unlikely to place down.”—The big apple occasions ebook Review
 
“These are the tales that might retain you up at evening. . . . The Divide is not only a file from the recent the USA; it's advocacy journalism at its finest.”—Los Angeles Times
 
“Taibbi is a constant investigative reporter. he is taking readers within not just funding banks, hedge cash and the blood activity of short-sellers, yet into the lives of the needy, minorities, road drifters and unlawful immigrants. . . . The Divide is a vital ebook. Its documentation is strong and shocking.”—The Washington Post
 
“Captivating . . . The Divide enshrines its author’s place as some of the most very important voices in modern American journalism.”The Independent (UK)
 
“Taibbi [is] might be the best reporter on Wall Street’s crimes within the smooth era.”Salon

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Download E-books Dead on Arrival: The Politics of Health Care in Twentieth-Century America (Politics and Society in Twentieth-Century America) PDF

By Colin Gordon

Why, on my own between commercial democracies, does the U.S. now not have nationwide medical insurance? whereas many books have addressed this query, Dead on Arrival is the 1st to take action in response to unique archival examine for the entire sweep of the 20 th century. Drawing on quite a lot of political, reform, company, and exertions files, Colin Gordon lines a fancy and interwoven tale of political failure and personal reaction. He examines, in flip, the emergence of personal, work-based merits; the uniquely American pursuit of "social insurance"; the impression of race and gender at the health and wellbeing care debate; and the continuing disagreement among reformers and strong financial and well-being interests.

Dead on Arrival stands by myself in accounting for the failure of nationwide or common wellbeing and fitness coverage from the early 20th century to the current. As importantly, it additionally indicates how a number of pursuits (doctors, hospitals, sufferers, staff, employers, exertions unions, scientific reformers, and political events) faced the query of healthiness care--as a personal accountability, as a job-based gain, as a political legal responsibility, and as a primary right.

Using wellbeing and fitness care as a window onto the good judgment of yankee politics and American social provision, Gordon either deepens and informs the modern debate. Fluidly written and deftly argued, Dead on Arrival is therefore not just a compelling heritage of the overall healthiness care problem yet a desirable exploration of the country's political financial system and political tradition via "the American century," of the position of non-public pursuits and personal advantages within the shaping of social coverage, and, eventually, of the methods the yankee welfare nation empowers but in addition imprisons its citizens.

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