Strapped by Tamara Draut
Why America's 20- and 30-Somethings Can't Get Ahead

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Drowning in student loans? Can’t afford to get married, buy a home, have children? Up to your ears in credit card debt? At last, a book for the under-35 generation that explains why it’s not their fault, and what can be done about it. Strapped offers a groundbreaking look at the new obstacle course facing young adults. Getting ahead, argues commentator and policy maven Tamara Draut, is getting harder. A college degree is the new high school diploma–and costs a fortune to obtain. Good jobs are scarcer thanks to stagnant wages and disappearing benefits. And, the cost of everything–starter homes, health coverage, child care–keeps going up. Witty and wise, Strapped brims with ideas for fashioning a new kind of America in which every young person can go to college, buy a home, and start a family. The future starts here.

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About Tamara Draut

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Tamara Draut is Director of the Economic Opportunity Program at Demos, a national think tank headquartered in New York City. Her research and writing have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Newsweek. A frequent commentator, Draut has appeared on CNN Headline News, CNN's Lou Dobbs Tonight, CNBC's Closing Bell, and ABC's World News Tonight. She lives in New York City with her husband.
Published January 9, 2007 by Anchor. 304 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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Although Draut is a proud member of Generation X and never misses an opportunity to stick it to the Baby Boomers who, she charges, created the situation, she also takes her peers to task for their inattention: “While we weren’t keeping tabs on the government, Congress decimated college financial ...

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Her presentation features the one-two punch of well-sourced data and a series of stories from a diverse group of interview subjects to prove her thesis that depressed wages, inflated educational costs, soaring credit card debt and skyrocketing health and child-care expenses present nearly insurmo...

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“Book premise—harder and more costly to become an adult.” Now that my mother is in tune with the pressing issues facing young people trying to become a full-fledged adult with a spouse, a home, a car, and a job, there’s no reason why the young people affected can’t become more aware and heed Drau...

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