How Our Politicians Are Abandoning the Middle Class and Betraying the American Dream
On Sale: September 7, 2010
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t’s not an exaggeration to say that middle-class Americans
are an endangered species and that the American Dream of a
secure, comfortable standard of living has become as
outdated as an Edsel with an eight-track player. That the
United States of America is in danger of becoming a third
The evidence is all around us:
Our industrial base is vanishing, taking with it the kind of
jobs that have formed the backbone of our economy for more
than a century; our education system is in shambles, making
it harder for tomorrow’s workforce to acquire the
information and training it needs to land good twenty-first
century jobs; our infrastructure—our roads, our bridges, our
sewage and water, our transportation and electrical
systems—is crumbling; our economic system has been reduced
to recurring episodes of Corporations Gone Wild; our
political system is broken, in thrall to a small financial
elite using the power of the checkbook to control both parties.
And America’s middle class, the driver of so much of our
economic success and political stability, is rapidly
disappearing, forcing us to confront the fear that we are
slipping as a nation – that our children and grandchildren
will enjoy fewer opportunities and face a lower standard of
living than we did.
It’s the dark flipside of the American Dream – an American
Nightmare of our own making.
Arianna Huffington, who, with the must-read Huffington Post,
has her finger on the pulse of America, unflinchingly tracks
the gradual demise of America as an industrial, political,
and economic leader. In the vein of her fiery bestseller
Pigs at the Trough, Third World America points fingers,
names names, and details who’s killing the American Dream.
Finally, calling on the can-do attitude that is part of
America’s DNA, Huffington shows precisely what we need to do
to stop our freefall and keep America from turning into a
third world nation.
Third World America is a must-read for anyone disturbed by
our country’s steady descent from 20th century superpower to
backwater banana republic.
NPR Books - August 25, 2011
Face the Nation - November 28, 2010
The View - October 19, 2010
Daily Show with Jon Stewart - September 28, 2010
Tavis Smiley - September 20, 2010
PBS News Hour - September 16, 2010
On Point - September 13, 2010
Talk of the Nation - September 8, 2010
Countdown with Keith Olbermann - September 8, 2010
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