If You Came This Way by Peter T. Davis
A Journey Through the Lives of the Underclass

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When the acclaimed author of Where Is Nicaragua? went in search of America's growing underclass--the persistent poor--he discovered a frighteningly large segment of the population for whom our cherished notions of equal opportunity and freedom for all are nothing but a mockery. Told in starkly human terms, courageous and compassionate, If You Came This Way is Peter Davis's shattering sojourn among our hopelessly impoverished fellow Americans ... young and old, victims and vagabonds, the struggling unemployed and the simply unemployable. Their strengths and weaknesses, fears and anxieties, needs and desires will surprise and haunt you.

Praise for Peter Davis's.

Where Is Nicaragua?

"This superb book is not only the definitive news about Nicaragua; it makes the ongoing news finally understandable. It is as elegantly written as V. S. Naipul's The Loss of El Dorado. Mr. Davis does not make his case in the manner of the polemicist; he convinces us morally in the manner of a good novelist." --John Irving.

"Stunning piece of firsthand reportage...he has captured the nuance, the ambiguity, the irony and the outright comedy of life among the Sandinistas and the contras." --J. Anthony Lukas.

"A brilliant examination of the process of revolution in Central America by a most gifted writer. Wonderfully written, it is filled with pleasures and insights. --Robert Stone.
 

About Peter T. Davis

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PETER DAVIS is the author of two previous books, Where Is Nicaragua? and Hometown. He was an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning writer/producer for CBS News and has written for numerous magazines and newspapers including Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, The Nation, the Los Angeles Times, and The Boston Globe. His films include the Academy Award-winning documentary Hearts and Minds and the Emmy Award-winning biography of John F. Kennedy, "Jack.
 
Published September 28, 1995 by Wiley. 224 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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But Davis is so overwhelmed by his own recent discovery of extreme, systemic poverty that he cannot give poor people credit for creating ways out of it, much less for finding pleasure and love in their lives.

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After Academy Award-winning documentarian (Hearts and Minds) and novelist Davis (Hometown) was mugged in New York City, he was provoked to investigate the ``underclass,'' which he defines as ``the trapped poor.'' Admittedly naive and suffused with guilt, the well-off white author offers snapshots...

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