THE YEARS SINCE 2008 have been a time of critical change around the globe. The U.S. housing market collapsed, triggering the worst global economic recession in recent memory along with massive job losses in the United States and other wealthy countries. Now, almost two years since the recession was declared over, the job market remains tough-especially for new immigrants, who face difficulty finding jobs and affordable housing, among other challenges. What I find intriguing, though, is that a majority of the new immigrants I spoke to here in America were unaware of how the job market had changed radically in the aftermath of recent economic crisis and how the new job landscape might impact their lives, particularly in the first one or two years in America. I saw how surprised or even shocked people were when things didn't go the way they had anticipated. Innumerable times I heard the same questions: Why did no one tell me the economy and job market was so tough? Was finding work this difficult when you came here years ago? How come no one told me it's difficult to find a place to stay when you don't have a job? Why is everyone talking about paying bills-what are they? It got to a point where I began to ask myself why everyone seemed so clueless about today's economy and the state of the job market. I concluded that people were unprepared because either they were not getting enough information or they were just generally ignorant-or a combination of both. My initial reaction was to search the Internet for any new books written on the current global economy, the job market, and immigrants coming to the Diaspora from developing countries in Africa. I focused my search on books published in the United States since the start of the economic crisis in 2008, and to my surprise, nothing came up. However, quite a number of new books dealt with today's economy and job market and their impact on immigrants from other regions, such as Asia, Mexico, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Out of curiosity, I wanted next to find out how many books had been published on the economic crisis and North America. I must admit that the results were overwhelming but not surprising. Hundreds and hundreds of new books were devoted to the recent economic crisis, recovery, and the recession's impact on the day-to-day lives of Americans. Some books discussed past economic crises in America and lessons to be learned from them. Self-help books offered tips on how to make better financial decisions in tough economic times. Other books talked about how the new economic landscape will require Americans to redefine and reconsider the American dream as they have known it for decades. Still other books even offered religious perspectives on why the global economic recessions had occurred. One author, the prominent pastor of a "megachurch," kicked it up a notch by suggesting that the global economic crisis was a sign of the End Times, and that we are the terminal generation on earth. In short, there were all kinds of books out there. One thing I knew for sure was that they were mostly targeted at a North American audience and maybe, though less often, at other industrialized economies. I also figured the books were probably not readily available on developing world markets and that even if they were, the way the authors offered their perspective and advice was not necessarily helpful to someone who had just arrived in America from a remote corner of the world. I concluded that there was dire need for a book about the new economic situation, particularly the job market scenario, and how it affects the diaspora dream.