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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: May 2011 ISBN: 9781455190317
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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.”

    AudioFile

  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

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

    " Thought provoking and timely. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mckinley | 1/10/2014

    " Progressive economics with personal freedom has morphed into profit making business and government. "Democracy requires a middle class" follows how the middle class has been eroded, how multigenerational accumulation of wealth has occured with the ability to correct democracy. The conclusion ends with a plea to take back the political parties and even form a 2rd party, to contact elected representatives, to join the union movement. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lesa Browning - Karasik | 12/21/2013

    " I love Thom's radio show and find him to be incredibly insightful. I think he does an amazing job of educating America. While he is progressive, he tends to view things in a more nonpartisan way than most on talk radio. He has guests with opposing viewpoints on his show weekly and is not afraid to bash both Democrats and Republicans when needed. A very interesting look at our society and economy in the past 20 years. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Seth Murray | 12/21/2013

    " single-handedly dismantles the entire right-wing ideology, i loved it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrea | 12/8/2013

    " Republicans are the devil, Reagan ruined America...this book was just preaching to the choir. I got bored with it rather quickly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane C. | 12/6/2013

    " Thom Hartmann once again does an excellent job getting to the heart of the matter, speaking plainly and w/o jargon. Wish Limbaugh fans would read one of Thom's books! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alejandro | 12/5/2013

    " Amazing, it solidified my opinions on how the elite wealthy corporation's war on the working class has been successful for 100 years. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel | 10/28/2013

    " This was one of the best and most relevant nonfiction books that I have read! Thom, aside from being an excellent radio host, is a brilliant author! He cites himself well and backs up everything he says with solid evidence. This surely is a must-read for everyone! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn Edwards | 10/28/2013

    " An amazing, eye-opening book for anybody wondering how we got into this mess we find ourselves in. Thom Hartmann really will show you the catastrophic decisions made by others in the past (and now) that have such a devastating effect on our middle class culture. Well worth checking out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Expose Austin Texas Duty To Care For Others | 10/2/2013

    " Very important book for the middle class and the working class. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kjes | 9/19/2013

    " Beyond excellent. This guy describes some of the worst policy decisions that our government has made and continues to uphold in the last fifty or so years. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt | 9/17/2013

    " Thom Hartmann explains in simple language how the right wing conservative movement is out to destroy the middle class, and eliminate all of FDR's New Deal policies that helped create it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rob Thompson | 4/20/2013

    " All I'm going to say is Must Read!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 1/26/2013

    " Great book. I don't think that I really need to explain much much because the title says it all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gig | 1/10/2013

    " It's a very informative look at the history of the U.S. through an economic perspective, and how the neoconservatives have purposely destroyed the well-being of the nation for their own financial gain. There may be a slightly liberal slant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John P. | 1/3/2013

    " It's all too true. I graduated high school, college, and ultimately earned a Master's degree; served my country, and have worked steady since 1963, and I can't afford to retire? Here's why. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn Edwards | 11/18/2012

    " Thom Hartmann nails it again. I loved this book. It's a great insight into the damage being done and already done to the middle class. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 10/13/2012

    " I am a big Thom Hartmann fan. This book is totally accessible while still being political and informative. I highly recommend reading it before our next election! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan | 9/6/2012

    " One of the most valuable parts of this book is the itemization of the steps we need to take to reclaim our government and rebuild the middle class. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom | 2/29/2012

    " thom hartmann should be president. a recipe for saving america from corporatocracy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 2/21/2012

    " Clear cut progressive/liberal bias, but hey HE USES FACTS. I thought it was well written, easy to follow, and Hartmann is one of the few truly intelligent voices in the talk radio business. This means of course he has a tiny amount of listeners compared to the right-Wingers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elainesbooks | 10/6/2011

    " Read this book and take action to recapture the Middle Class! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 9/13/2011

    " Since I was listening to Thom Hartman on the radio almost daily while driving for King Soopers, I ordered one of his books. He is very angry about the way the corporations are running our country today and gives many good suggestions on how to do our part, as individuals, to change it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mom | 5/26/2011

    " My view of this book is that its Thom's weakest offer. If you listen to his radio show then this book is redundant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Seth | 5/14/2011

    " single-handedly dismantles the entire right-wing ideology, i loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 2/10/2011

    " Clear cut progressive/liberal bias, but hey HE USES FACTS. I thought it was well written, easy to follow, and Hartmann is one of the few truly intelligent voices in the talk radio business. This means of course he has a tiny amount of listeners compared to the right-Wingers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valton | 12/18/2010

    " This should be required reading for anyone who wonders what the future of the middle class could look like for this country and guidance on what to do to stop it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fargojay | 11/4/2010

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn | 3/18/2010

    " An amazing, eye-opening book for anybody wondering how we got into this mess we find ourselves in. Thom Hartmann really will show you the catastrophic decisions made by others in the past (and now) that have such a devastating effect on our middle class culture. Well worth checking out. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mom | 12/5/2009

    " My view of this book is that its Thom's weakest offer. If you listen to his radio show then this book is redundant. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrea | 8/6/2009

    " Republicans are the devil, Reagan ruined America...this book was just preaching to the choir. I got bored with it rather quickly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom | 7/24/2009

    " thom hartmann should be president. a recipe for saving america from corporatocracy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Philip | 3/21/2009

    " Thought provoking and timely. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alejandro | 1/1/2009

    " Amazing, it solidified my opinions on how the elite wealthy corporation's war on the working class has been successful for 100 years. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt | 12/13/2008

    " Thom Hartmann explains in simple language how the right wing conservative movement is out to destroy the middle class, and eliminate all of FDR's New Deal policies that helped create it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 11/20/2008

    " Great book. I don't think that I really need to explain much much because the title says it all. "

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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.

About the Narrator

Anthony Heald, an Audie Award–winning narrator, has earned Tony nominations and an Obie Award for his theater work; appeared in television’s Law & Order, The X-Files, Miami Vice, and Boston Public; and starred as Dr. Frederick Chilton in the 1991 Oscar-winning film The Silence of the Lambs. Heald has also won ten AudioFile Earphones Awards. He lives in Ashland, Oregon, with his family.