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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (319 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thom Hartmann Narrator: Anthony Heald Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Our founding fathers worked hard to ensure that a small group of wealthy people would never dominate this country.  They’d had enough of aristocracy. They put government to work to ensure a thriving middle class. When the middle class took a hit, beginning in the post–Civil War Gilded Age and culminating in the Great Depression, democracy-loving leaders like Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, and Dwight Eisenhower revitalized it through initiatives such as antitrust regulations, fair-labor laws, the minimum wage, social security, and Medicare.

So what happened? Thom Hartmann shows that, over the last few decades, we’ve witnessed an undeclared war against the middle class. The so-called conservatives waging this war are only interested in conserving—and steadily increasing—their own wealth and power. Hartmann shows how, under the guise of “freeing” the market, they’ve systematically dismantled the programs set up by both Republicans and Democrats to protect the middle class and have replaced them with policies that favor only the privileged few.

But the middle class is the very thing that makes America great. Thomas Jefferson himself believed that our very democracy depends upon our ability to play referee to the game of business, protecting labor and the public good. It is both our right and our responsibility, Jefferson wrote, to control “overgrown wealth” from becoming “dangerous to the state.”

We must not stand by while our democracy becomes a corporatocracy, serving an elite group of billionaire CEOs. There is another way. Thomas Jefferson knew how to build a middle class. Franklin Roosevelt knew how. We’ve done it before and we can do it again. Following Hartmann’s common-sense proposals, we can re-create a prospering middle class that will ensure our public institutions are not turned into private fiefdoms, meet people’s basic needs—for education, health care, a living wage—and keep America strong.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An intelligent critique of the contemporary plight of the middle class.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Anthony Heald is perfect as the narrator. His voice is steady as he discusses economic theory, delivering key concepts clearly and often slowing his pace so listeners can absorb the points. But he lets the emotion in his tone rise as he reads about inequities.”


  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tina | 2/12/2014

    " Kind of depressing in the same way that Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight was, however, very enlightening. He concisely explains how the middle class is disappearing in America and what we can do to reverse the trend. Now I'm even more inspired to write letters to the editor and support unions and living wage initiatives and universal health care! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Philip | 1/28/2014

    " Thought provoking and timely. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Brent Moffitt | 1/27/2014

    " Brings a new (to me) and interesting read on history that has happened in my lifetime. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Fargojay | 1/12/2014

    " Debunks the myths that have been created and are maintained by the mass media dominated by the right wing in order to manipulate the middle class in the US. "

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About the Author
Author Thom Hartmann

Thom Hartmann is a New York Times bestselling author and national radio host, formerly with Air America and now syndicated by Dial Global. Recently called the most important progressive talk show host in America by Talkers magazine, he is also the author of numerous books, including The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight, which helped inspire Leonardo DiCaprio’s documentary The 11th Hour, which features Hartmann. His other books include We the People, Unequal Protection, What Would Jefferson Do?, and Screwed.