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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:
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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)

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

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

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