By Matt Taibbi
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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
From the Hardcover edition.