Broke, USA by Gary Rivlin
From Pawnshops to Poverty, Inc. - How the Working Poor Became Big Business

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In "Broke USA," Gary Rivlin dubs these low-overhead bankers "Poverty Inc.," and he doesn't like them very much. Mr. Rivlin brings to his subject a genuine gift for storytelling—and a level of financial illiteracy and disdain for entrepreneurs that is somewhat surprising in a man who once covered Silicon Valley for the New York Times.
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From the author of the New York Times Notable Book of the Year Drive By comes a unique and riveting exploration of one of America’s largest and fastest-growing industries—the business of poverty. Broke, USA is a Fast Food Nation for the “poverty industry” that will also appeal to readers of Barbara Ehrenreich (Nickel and Dimed) and David Shipler (The Working Poor).
 

About Gary Rivlin

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Gary Rivlin is the author of "Fire on the Prairie", "Drive By" (a "New York Times" Notable Book of the Year), and "The Plot to Get Bill Gates". A two-time Gerald Loeb Award winner, he has been a reporter for the "New York Times", "Chicago Reader", and other publications, and his articles have appeared in the "New York Times Magazine", "Newsweek", "Wired", and elsewhere.
 
Published May 25, 2010 by HarperCollins e-books. 371 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Katherine Mangu-Ward on Jun 25 2010

In "Broke USA," Gary Rivlin dubs these low-overhead bankers "Poverty Inc.," and he doesn't like them very much. Mr. Rivlin brings to his subject a genuine gift for storytelling—and a level of financial illiteracy and disdain for entrepreneurs that is somewhat surprising in a man who once covered Silicon Valley for the New York Times.

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