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Who Stole the American Dream? by Hedrick Smith


Pulitzer Prize winner Hedrick Smith’s new guide is an extraordinary fulfillment, an eye fixed-opening account of how, during the last four decades, the American Dream has been dismantled and we become two Americas.
In his bestselling The Russians, Smith took millions of readers throughout the Soviet Union. In The Power Game, he took us within Washington’s corridors of energy. Now Smith takes us throughout The usa to point out how seismic adjustments, sparked by a chain of landmark political and financial decisions, have reworked The united states. As best a veteran reporter can, Smith fits the puzzle together, starting with Lewis Powell’s provocative memo that caused a political insurrection that dramatically altered the panorama of energy from then until these days.
It is a ebook stuffed with surprises and revelations—the accidental beginnings of the 401(okay) plan, with disastrous economic consequences for a lot of; the main coverage modifications that started underneath Jimmy Carter; how the New Economic system disrupted The usa’s engine of shared prosperity, the “virtuous circle” of boom, and how The us lost the title of “Land of Possibility.” Smith paperwork the switch of $6 trillion in heart-type wealth from house owners to banks even earlier than the housing increase went bust, and how the U.S. coverage tilt favoring the rich is stunting America’s economic increase.
This guide is essential reading for each person who need to remember The united states today, or why reasonable American citizens are struggling to keep afloat. Smith reveals how pivotal regulations and policies had been altered whereas the general public wasn’t looking, how Congress often ignores public opinion, why average politicians received shoved to the sidelines, and how Wall Street regularly wins politically with the aid of hiring over 1,four hundred former govt officials as lobbyists.
Smith talks to a wide range of people, telling the stories of Americans excessive and low. From political leaders comparable to Bill Clinton, Newt Gingrich, and Martin Luther King, Jr., to CEOs such as Al Dunlap, Bob Galvin, and Andy Grove, to heartland Heart Americans equivalent to airline mechanic Pat O’Neill, software programs manager Kristine Serrano, small businessman John Terboss, and subcontractor Eliseo Guardado, Smith puts a human face on how center-class The united states and the American Dream had been undermined.
This tremendous work of historical past and reportage is stuffed with the penetrating insights, provocative discoveries, and the nice empathy of a grasp journalist. Ultimately, Smith offers ideas for restoring The usa’s great promise and reclaiming the American Dream.
“Hedrick Smith has performed it again! Who Stole the American Dream? provides a readable and comprehensive account of how American citizens had been robbed of our dream of a wide heart type over the past forty years. It’s crucial studying.”—Jay W. Lorsch, the Louis E. Kirstein Professor of Human Relations, Harvard Business College

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Writer: Hedrick Smith Writer: Random House Binding: Hardcover Language: English Pages: 592

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