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Taking the measure of what we are left with after the cruelest decade in memory, Ehrenreich finds lurid extremes all around. While members of the moneyed elite can buy congressmen, many in the working class can barely buy lunch. While a wealthy minority obsessively consumes cosmetic surgery, the poor often go without health care for their children. And while the corporate C-suites are now nests of criminality, the less fortunate are fed a diet of morality, marriage, and abstinence.
Ehrenreich's antidotes are as sardonic as they are spot-on: pet insurance for your kids; Salvation Army fashions for those who can no longer afford Wal-Mart; and boundless rage against those who have given us a nation scarred by deepening inequality, corroded by distrust, and shamed by its official cruelty.
"[Ehrenreich's] passion, compassion and wit keep these excursions lively and timely." ( Publishers Weekly)
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By Rude on 09-07-11
Laundry list of sins against the average joe.
It contained no new insights just the age old laundry list of sins by corporate / state interests and the seemingly endless bull Americans will endure. This was obviously a 'preach to the choir' piece. Pretty much pointless overall.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
By Sara on 10-20-08
I love the author, but...
I enjoyed "Nickel and Dimed," so I was excited to discover another book by the same author. Those I agreed with the views presented, it dissolved into a somewhat-disorganized political rant.
5 of 9 people found this review helpful