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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (110 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Donald L. Barlett, James B. Steele Narrator: Wes Talbot Publisher: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2012 ISBN: 9781469085456
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America's unique prosperity is based on its creation of a middle class. In the twentieth century, that middle class provided the workforce, the educated skills, and the demand that gave life to the world's greatest consumer economy. It was innovative and dynamic; it eclipsed old imperial systems and colonial archetypes. It gave rise to a dream: that if you worked hard and followed the rules you would prosper in America, and your children would enjoy a better life than yours.

The American dream was the lure to gifted immigrants and the birthright opportunity for every American citizen. It is as important a part of the history of the country as the passing of the Bill of Rights, the outcome of the battle of Gettysburg, or the space program. Incredibly, however, for more than thirty years, government and big business in America have conspired to roll back the American dream. What was once accessible to a wide swath of the population is increasingly open only to a privileged few.

The story of how the American middle class has been systematically impoverished and its prospects thwarted in favor of a new ruling elite is at the heart of this extraordinarily timely and revealing audiobook, whose devastating findings from two of the finest investigative reporters in the country will leave you astonished and angry.

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  • Barlett and Steele address key elements of this betrayal [of the middle class] (globalization, outsourcing, taxes, pensions, financial-sector dominance), then offer suggestions for reversing it, including progressive tax reform, fair trade, infrastructure investment, focused retraining, and criminal prosecution of white-collar criminals. Expect demand. Booklist (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane S. | 1/24/2014

    " I don't read many books dealing with politics as a subject, but feel that since this election is an important one I need to be better informed. I also believe that when dealing with any such subject the truth usually lies somewhere in the middle. Found this book to be very informative and even if it is only half true it is still very frightening to the growth and strength of our country. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christinegrabowski | 1/13/2014

    " Very interesting book but a bit bias. Reminded me of being back in business school but learning what I learned then might not actually be the best. Lots to discuss. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 1/12/2014

    " A real eye opener. So much goes on in the world and in the busyness of life, you don't stop to notice or think about. Surprising insight into what and who is behind the scenes in our country today. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeni | 10/4/2013

    " This should be read by everyone, regardless of your political orientation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristen | 9/6/2013

    " This book was an eye-opener for me and after reading it, I am enraged by the lack of leadership in Congress. The author makes his case wekk and gave me a lot to consider in regards to the direction of the U.S. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Juan Vitali | 8/22/2013

    " Authoritative step by step recounting of what has caused the erosion of Middle class. Daring, and incise. One of few to confront Friedman and his Flat World lunacy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 8/6/2013

    " This well-researched book should be required reading for all U.S. voters. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Abby | 6/27/2013

    " I couldn't finish this book - found it to be repetitive with very little factual information. Just a lot of rich people are horrible, repeated over and over. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellis Chuan | 6/8/2013

    " A book that describes how the "American Dream" has been undermined by policies enacted in Washington by the government. Explicitly described and candidly honest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan Norman | 12/19/2012

    " Great book. Easy to read and in simple examples shows how Republicans, Democrats and the Economic Elite together really are to blame for the shrinking middle class and the damage it does to our society. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Georgianne Potts | 12/2/2012

    " Regardless of political preferences, this should be mandatory reading for every American. It does a great job of explaining the events that have eaten away at the middle class for the last 30 plus years! And it's not going to get any better unless policies are changed!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom Moose | 11/23/2012

    " Floored. This book is a perfect guide to why it is hard to get ahead in America, whose at fault, and what we can do about it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bijan Fallahi | 10/5/2012

    " This book provides a very sobering look at the widening US trade deficit over the past thirty years and the accompanying negative effects on the economy. I learned a lot. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 9/28/2012

    " This was a book group selection for me, so I wouldn't have picked this book up on my own. It is written very matter of factly and is relentlessly depressing. If you keep up to date with economic news through other media sources, this book will likely prove redundant. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Polly Callahan | 9/24/2012

    " interview 8/12 on public radio Bob Edwards "

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About the Author

Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele have worked together for more than three decades, first at the Philadelphia Inquirer, where they won two Pulitzer Prizes, and then at Time magazine, where they earned two National Magazine Awards. They have written several books together.

About the Narrator

Wes Talbot has worked as a voice and character actor for more than twenty-five years. His corporate and commercial clients include Discover Card, MassMutual, and ServiceSpan, as well as numerous others. He also works as a voice announcer for WGBY Public Television for western New England.