The Betrayal of the American Dream by Donald Barlett and James Steele

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9 Critic Reviews

...veteran investigative reporters Barlett and Steele point out that they delivered identical warnings in America: What Went Wrong (1992)—all of which came true.
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Synopsis

A New York Times bestseller

America’s unique prosperity is based on its creation of a middle class. In the twentieth century, that middle class provided the workforce, the educated skills, and the demand that gave life to the world’s greatest consumer economy. It was innovative and dynamic; it eclipsed old imperial systems and colonial archetypes. It gave rise to a dream: that if you worked hard and followed the rules you would prosper in America, and your children would enjoy a better life than yours. The American dream was the lure to gifted immigrants and the birthright opportunity for every American citizen. It is as important a part of the history of the country as the passing of the Bill of Rights, the outcome of the battle of Gettysburg, or the space program. Incredibly, however, for more than thirty years, government and big business in America have conspired to roll back the American dream. What was once accessible to a wide swath of the population is increasingly open only to a privileged few. The story of how the American middle class has been systematically impoverished and its prospects thwarted in favor of a new ruling elite is at the heart of this extraordinarily timely and revealing book, whose devastating findings from two of the finest investigative reporters in the country will leave you astonished and angry.
 

About Donald Barlett and James Steele

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Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele are the nation's most honored investigative reporting team, and authors of the New York Times bestseller America: What Went Wrong? They have worked together for more than forty years, first at the Philadelphia Inquirer (1971-1997), then at Time magazine (1997-2006), and now at Vanity Fair since 2006. They have also written seven books. They are the only reporting team ever to have received two Pulitzer Prizes for newspaper reporting and two National Magazine Awards for magazine work. They live in Philadelphia.
 
Published July 31, 2012 by PublicAffairs. 322 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, History, Political & Social Sciences, Other. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for The Betrayal of the American Dream
All: 9 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Excellent
Jul 01 2012

...veteran investigative reporters Barlett and Steele point out that they delivered identical warnings in America: What Went Wrong (1992)—all of which came true.

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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Catherine Rampell on Sep 28 2012

Barlett and Steele do have some intelligent things to say about the unfairness and impenetrability of the American tax code...

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Jul 09 2012

...for folks bowled over by the recent financial meltdown, Barlett and Steele's book will resonate.

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WSJ online

Below average
Reviewed by George Melloan on Jul 30 2012

Beware of investigative reporters offering economic analysis. There will usually be a conspiracy theory lurking somewhere.

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NY Journal of Books

Excellent
Reviewed by David Rosman

...a fast paced and enjoyable trip down the left side of the “Don’t Tread on Me” highway, providing an understanding of where the road began and where it appears to be going.

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Huntington News

Excellent
Reviewed by David Kinchen on Oct 08 2012

"The Betrayal of the American Dream" is an outstanding explanation of what we've done wrong, with suggestions on how we can...bring back good paying jobs that are the foundation of a rapidly disappearing middle class.

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USA Today

Excellent
Reviewed by Steve Weinberg on Aug 27 2012

Barlett and Steele are trying to save a semblance of democracy by doing what the best journalists do — comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable.

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Philly.com

Below average
Reviewed by Leonard Downie Jr on Jul 22 2012

... the book comes across more as a clarion call to do something...than a clarifying in-depth examination of these complicated issues and what could realistically be done about them.

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Express Milwaukee.

Excellent
Reviewed by David Luhrssen on Aug 20 2012

The Betrayal of the American Dream is an angry book, denouncing the lies of corporate America and the elected officials it keeps on a leash woven from money.

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