Going to Extremes by Barbara Ehrenreich

Going to Extremes, Barbara Ehrenreich

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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 about the pay of CEOs, the treatment of illegal immigrants, the way Wal-Mart spies on and interrogates its employees, and the fact that it's easier to get health insurance in America for a pet than for a child. Going to Extremes brilliantly anatomises a nation approaching its 2008 election scarred by deepening equality and corroded by distrust.

 

Item specifics

Condition: Good. A book that has been read but is in good condition. No obvious damage to the book cover. No highlighting of text, no writing in the margins, and no missing pages. 

Author: Barbara Ehrenreich 
Format: Paperback
Language: English
ISBN: 9781847080653
Height: 19.7cm
Width: 12.7cm
Spine: 1.35cm


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