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By David K. Shipler

"Nobody who works challenging can be bad in America," writes Pulitzer Prize winner David Shipler. Clear-headed, rigorous, and compassionate, he trips deeply into the lives of person shop clerks and manufacturing unit staff, farm employees and sweat-shop seamstresses, unlawful immigrants in menial jobs and american citizens saddled with sizeable pupil loans and paltry wages. they're referred to as the operating poor.

They practice exertions necessary to America's convenience. they're white and black, Latino and Asian--men and girls in small cities and town slums trapped close to the poverty line, the place the margins are so tight that even minor setbacks may cause devastating chain reactions. Shipler indicates how liberals and conservatives are either in part right--that virtually each lifestyles tale comprises failure by way of either the society and the person. Braced via not easy truth and private testimony, he unravels the forces that confine humans within the quagmire of low wages. and in contrast to such a lot works on poverty, this ebook additionally bargains compelling images of employers suffering opposed to razor-thin gains and pageant from out of the country. With pointed thoughts for swap that problem Republicans and Democrats alike, The operating bad stands to make a distinction.

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