The Working Poor

The Working Poor

Invisible in America

Book - 2005
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"David Shipler ... journeys deeply into the lives of individual store clerks and factory workers, farm laborers and sweatshop seamstresses, illegal immigrants in menial jobs and Americans saddled with immense student loans and paltry wages. They are known as the working poor ... Braced by hard fact and personal testimony, he unravels the forces that confine people in the quagmire of low wages. And unlike most works on poverty, this book also offers compelling portraits of employers struggling against razor-thin profits and competition from abroad. With pointed recommendations for change that challenge Republicans and Democrats alike, The Working Poor stands to make a difference"--P. [4] of cover.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2005
Edition: First Vintage Books edition
ISBN: 9780375708213
0375708219
Branch Call Number: 305.56909 Sh642W 2005
Characteristics: xii, 329 pages ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Invisible in America

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StarGladiator
Oct 12, 2014

On the one hand this is a great book, on the other hand, what EVERYONE should be concentrating on are the super-crooks and super-thieves, those who pay no federal taxes [over 70% of US corporations] those individuals who have devised ways [or at least their tax attorneys have] to always receive non-taxable undeclared income in the forms of bank loans and credit card loans/withdrawals [especially from offshore entitites] along with their much lower taxed investment incomes. Also, what is more deserving of focus is how the super-rich/thieves/fraudsters shelter their monies off shore [some $21 trillion to $31 trillion] to avoid taxation. And private equity firms/hedge funds - - such as the Blackstone Group and Citadel Capital - - which go public but instead of paying the legal corporate taxes, continue to ONLY pay capital gains [much lower] taxes! Fraud, fraud, fraud!

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Perky_dude
Apr 05, 2014

"Nobody who works hard should be poor in America." What a great quote. However, the author documents many heart-breaking examples that show that staement for what it is; a wish for things to be the way we think they should be. Financial compensation for work performed is rarely a function of calories burned in performing the job, nor is it a function of the necessity of the job to society.
I finished this book with a renewed sense of gratitude for how I have done in life, realizing that success is not purely about making smart choices and working hard, but also about having plain ole good luck as well. May God help those who are unlucky.

Jane60201 Apr 18, 2013

An excellent book because it blames neither the working poor nor society. A very balanced and intimate look at the working poor in many parts of the country.

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AlanaS
Oct 09, 2009

An interesting look at the working poor in America.

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