By Matt Taibbi, Molly Crabapple
A scathing portrait of an pressing new American crisis
Over the final 20 years, the United States has been falling deeper and deeper right into a statistical mystery:
Poverty is going up. Crime is going down. The criminal inhabitants doubles.
Fraud via the wealthy wipes out forty percentage of the world's wealth. the wealthy get vastly richer. not anyone is going to jail.
In seek of an answer, journalist Matt Taibbi found the Divide, the seam in American lifestyles the place our such a lot troubling trends—growing wealth inequality and mass incarceration—come jointly, pushed via a dramatic shift in American citizenship: Our easy rights are actually decided through our wealth or poverty. The Divide is what permits vastly harmful fraud by way of the hyperwealthy to move unpunished, whereas turning poverty itself right into a crime—but it's most unlikely to determine till you examine those alarming developments facet by way of side.
In The Divide, Matt Taibbi takes readers on a galvanizing trip via either side of our new approach of justice—the fun-house-mirror worlds of the untouchably prosperous and the criminalized terrible. He uncovers the startling looting that preceded the monetary cave in; a wild conspiracy of billionaire hedge fund managers to break an organization via soiled tips; and the tale of a whistleblower who will get within the means of the most important banks in the USA, simply to discover herself within the crosshairs. at the different part of the Divide, Taibbi takes us to front strains of the immigrant dragnet; into the newly punitive welfare procedure which treats its beneficiaries as thieves; and deep contained in the stop-and-frisk global, the place status in entrance of your home has develop into an arrestable offense. As he narrates those great tales, he attracts out and analyzes their universal resource: a perverse new general of justice, in response to a thorough, aggravating new imaginative and prescient of civil rights.
Through astonishing—and enraging—accounts of the high-stakes capers of the rich and nightmare tales of standard humans stuck within the Divide's punishing common sense, Taibbi lays naked one of many maximum demanding situations we are facing in modern American existence: surviving a method that devours the lives of the terrible, turns a blind eye to the harmful crimes of the rich, and implicates us all.
“These are the tales that would hold you up at evening. . . . The Divide is not only a document from the hot the USA; it really is advocacy journalism at its finest.” —Los Angeles Times
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