The three compelling women at the heart of DeParle's narrative are vastly different temperamentally, yet they share the abstract qualities of strength and endurance, as well as extended family ties. DeParle paints their portraits with respect and sensitivity, and he provides a marvelous family history that reveals how "the story of welfare" is painfully "tangled in the story of race." Our glimpse at these difficult lives and the forces that profoundly shape them inspire an equal measure of hope and disappointment, and a large measure of outrage. As these remarkably resilient women struggle to raise their families, corruption is exposed in the very offices charged with implementing the newly adopted reforms. DeParle accepts that removing nine million women and children from the welfare rolls represents enormous progress. However, he simultaneously recognizes that we are dismally failing to confront a consequence of welfare reform: a new class of working poor. --Silvana Tropea --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Love the book, very insightful with a mix of personal story and policy. Great conditionPublished 21 days ago by burnettm
Not what I though !! It has more politics in it then personal story. Not a good read it was just okPublished 6 months ago by Lola
American Dream is as engrossing as it is unflinchingly raw. DeParle captured the humanity (humanity is not always pretty or noble) and resilience of his subjects against the scope... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amanda Rose Adams
a must read for anyone that works in the public sector! Highly educational and engaging, provides a wide variety of perspectives and history on welfare in this country.Published 12 months ago by Alyssa Banks
The book delves into both the Welfare to Work legislation and the lives of three women and how their lives are changed as a result. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Shanelle Boluyt
This book is a look at life on welfare through the eyes of three women who stuggle to make ends meet. Read morePublished 21 months ago by AJ in CO
Perfect job in quality and timing. I would order more books and dvds from here if I could in the futurePublished 22 months ago by Darryl C. Gore Jr.
this book is the type of book i am personally interested in. i had to choose a book for my human diversity class and write a ten page paper on it and this is the one i picked. Read morePublished on October 15, 2008 by A. S. Gnoinski