Going to Extremes

Going to Extremes Notes from a Divided Nation

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America is a grotesquely polarized society and becoming more so all the time. In this razor-sharp, funny and terrifying collection of pieces, Barbara Ehrenreich shows how the widening gap between rich and poor over the past eight years has left the country increasingly divided between the gated communities on the one hand and the trailer parks and tenements on the other. She describes a country where the super-rich travel by private jet, while low-paid workers make multiple bus trips to get to their jobs; where a wealthy minority obsessively consumes cosmetic surgery, while the poor often go without basic health care for their children; where members of the moneyed elite can buy congressmen, while a troubling proportion of the working class can barely buy lunch. Ehrenreich writes corruscatingly about the pay of CEOs, the treatment of illegal immigrants, the way Wal-Mart spies on and interrogates its employees, and the fact that in the US it's easier to get health insurance for a pet than for a child. Going to Extremes brilliantly anatomizes pre-Obama America: a nation scarred by deepening equality and corroded by distrust.

Book information

ISBN: 9781847080653
Publisher: Granta Publications
Imprint: Granta Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 973.93
DEWEY edition: 22
Language: English
Number of pages: 235
Weight: 190g
Height: 196mm
Width: 130mm
Spine width: 17mm