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The topography of class in America has shifted over the past twenty years, blurring the lines between upper, middle and lower classes; some have argued that the concept of class is irrelevant in today's society. While the 14 pieces in this volume (all originally printed as part of a New York Times series) shed light on a different aspect of class, they all agree that it remains an important facet of contemporary American culture and draw their strength by examining class less through argument than through storytelling. The reader, by following three heart attack victims through very different recoveries, by witnessing the divergent immigrant experiences of a Greek diner owner and his Mexican line cook, by tracing the life path of an Appalachian foster child turned lawyer and a single welfare mother turned registered nurse, or by seeing the world from the perspective of the wife of a "relo" (a six-figure executive who relocates every few years to climb the corporate ladder), quickly realizes class is defined by much more than income. The collection has the power of a great documentary film: it captures the lives and ideas of its subjects in lively, articulate prose that, while grounded in statistics and research, remains engaging and readable throughout. The result is neither an attack on the rich nor a lecture to the poor, but a thoughtful consideration of class dynamics. Its empathetic take on this divisive subject and straightforward prose style will make the book of interest to a wide range of readers. Recommended.
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The New York Times team comprises Anthony DePalma, Timothy Egan, Geraldine Fabrikant, Laurie Goodstein, David Cay Johnston, Peter T. Kilborn, David D. Kirkpatrick, David Leonhardt, Tamar Lewin, Charles McGrath, Janny Scott, Jennifer Steinhauer, and Isabel Wilkerson. Bill Keller is the executive editor of The New York Times.
Class Matters also includes essays by Christopher Buckley, Diane McWhorter,
Richard Price, David Levering Lewis, and Linda Chavez, about their encounters with class when they were growing up.
Book did not arrive as described by the Seller. Not happy with my purchase.Published 1 month ago by Norman Eng
All articles are entertaining as well as educational. A must-read for those who take social justice seriously.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
I became interested in this book because I have come from the intersection of two social classes, so class consciousness has always been in the back of my mind, especially growing... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Eric Jensen
It's the truth. it's the way it is. Glad somebody put it all together.
Great quality. Great service. Great punctuality. And I would definitely recommend anyone. 😁 it is used. But I've already expected that.Published 17 months ago by Lyla
It was in great condition, but I didn't care much for the book. Class just isn't something I'm interested in.Published 17 months ago by Jessica M