High Wire by Peter Gosselin
The Precarious Financial Lives of American Families

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Peter Gosselin predicted in High Wire that the American worker would take on an exceedingly high level of risk in the American economy, and would be ever more exposed to the volatility of the market. Today, Gosselin’s worst fears have been realized. American families are walking a high wire in which a medical crisis, a natural disaster, or the loss of a job could send them into free fall. And as the housing crisis worsens and banks and insurers collapse, many have already fallen. High Wire reveals the quiet corrosion of American living standards and shows how the “ownership society” has turned into the “on-your-own society”—with devastating consequences.
 

About Peter Gosselin

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Peter Gosselin is national economics correspondent for the Los Angeles Times and a member of the paper’s Washington bureau. A visiting fellow at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C., he lives with his wife, reporter Robin Toner, and their two children in Washington, D.C.
 
Published June 9, 2009 by Basic Books. 386 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Peter Gosselin reports that setbacks like a serious illness or losing a job are now more likely to mean an economic disaster.

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The New York Times

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Peter Gosselin reports that setbacks like a serious illness or losing a job are now more likely to mean an economic disaster.

Jul 06 2008 | Read Full Review of High Wire: The Precarious Fin...

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And we would all be better for it.” Maybe Miller wouldn’t be out of a job - at least as long as he had Shapiro to schmooze over him - but most of the rest of us would probably be out of one with Miller’s “collision course.” This is the same Miller who in 2003 wrote a lovely little piece extolling...

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Drawing on interviews with hundreds of Americans and new statistics he developed, Peter Gosselin traces a quarter-century shift of economic risk from the broad shoulders of business and government to the backs of working people.

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