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A scathing portrait of an urgent new American crisis

Over the last two decades, America has been falling deeper and deeper into a statistical mystery. Poverty goes up. Crime goes down. The prison population doubles. Fraud by the rich wipes out forty percent of the world’s wealth. The rich get massively richer. No one goes to jail.

In search of a solution, journalist Matt Taibbi discovered the Divide, the seam in American life where our two most troubling trends—growing wealth inequality and mass incarceration—come together, driven by a dramatic shift in American citizenship: our basic rights are now determined by our wealth or poverty. The Divide is what allows massively destructive fraud by the hyperwealthy to go unpunished, while turning poverty itself into a crime—but it’s impossible to see until you look at these two alarming trends side by side.

In The Divide, Matt Taibbi takes readers on a galvanizing journey through both sides of our new system of justice—the fun-house-mirror worlds of the untouchably wealthy and the criminalized poor. He uncovers the startling looting that preceded the financial collapse, a wild conspiracy of billionaire hedge fund managers to destroy a company through dirty tricks, and the story of a whistleblower who gets in the way of the largest banks in America only to find herself in the crosshairs. On the other side of the Divide, Taibbi takes us to the front lines of the immigrant dragnet, into the newly punitive welfare system that treats its beneficiaries as thieves, and deep inside the stop-and-frisk world, where standing in front of your own home has become an arrestable offense. As he narrates these incredible stories, he draws out and analyzes their common source: a perverse new standard of justice, based on a radical, disturbing new vision of civil rights.

Through astonishing—and enraging—accounts of the high-stakes capers of the wealthy and nightmare stories of regular people caught in the Divide’s punishing logic, Taibbi lays bare one of the greatest challenges we face in contemporary American life: surviving a system that devours the lives of the poor, turns a blind eye to the destructive crimes of the wealthy, and implicates us all.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Ambitious . . . deeply reported, highly compelling . . . impossible to put down. The New York Times Book Review
  • These are the stories that will keep you up at night. . . . The Divide is not just a report from the new America; it is advocacy journalism at its finest. Los Angeles Times
  • [Matt] Taibbi is a relentless investigative reporter. He takes readers inside not only investment banks, hedge funds and the blood sport of short-sellers, but into the lives of the needy, minorities, street drifters and illegal immigrants, to juxtapose justice for the poor and the powerful. . . . The Divide is an important book. Its documentation is powerful and shocking. The Washington Post
  • Captivating . . . The Divide enshrines its author’s position as one of the most important voices in contemporary American journalism. The Independent (UK)
  • Taibbi [is] perhaps the greatest reporter on Wall Street’s crimes in the modern era. Salon
  • [Taibbi’s] warning is all about moral hazard. . . . When swindlers know that their risks will be subsidized . . . they will surely commit more crimes. And when most of the population either does not know or does not care that the lowest socioeconomic classes live in something akin to a police state, we should be greatly concerned for the moral health of our society. The Wall Street Journal
  • Trenchant . . . a scathing, accessible, and often riveting look at the U.S. finance industry and justice system. Publishers Weekly
  • Readers with high blood pressure should make sure they’ve taken their medication before reading this devastating account of inequality in our justice, immigration, and social service systems. Taibbi’s chapters are high-definition photographs contrasting the ways we pursue small-time corruption and essentially reward high-level versions of the same thing. Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
  • “Highly compelling…The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap [is] as infuriating as it is impossible to put down…What Taibbi shows off to especially good effect here…is what a meticulous reporter he can be, with a facility for rendering complex financial skulduggery intelligible…Taibbi is similarly skillful at explaining how bureaucratic imperatives in the criminal justice system can spin scarily out of control.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “These are the stories that will keep you up at night…The Divide is not just a report from the new America; it is advocacy journalism at its finest.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “In The Divide, investigative journalist Matt Taibbi goes beyond the corrosive economic effects of this continuing trend by laying out evidence that this frightening trend is transforming and undermining the meaning of rights, justice, and basic citizenship in our country.”

    Barnes&Noble.com, editorial review

  • “Readers with high blood pressure should make sure they’ve taken their medication before reading this devastating account of the inequality in our justice, immigration, and social service systems. Taibbi’s chapters are high-definition photographs contrasting the ways we pursue small-time corruption and essentially reward high-level versions of the same thing. Mixing case studies, interviews, and anecdotes with comprehensive research on his topics, the author…is an equal-opportunity critic…Rising from the text is a miasma of corporate and political malfeasance and immorality that mocks the platitudes of democracy.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Taibbi argues that the widening gap between the rich one percent and the rest of us has altered our sense of justice.”

    Library Journal

  • Barnes & Noble's Biggest Books, April 2014
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • An NPR Bestseller
  • A San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • A Library Journal Bestseller
  • One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2014
  • One of Audible’s Best Audiobooks of 2014: Nonfiction
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