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"As a culture, the United States is not quite sure about the causes of poverty, and is therefore uncertain about the solutions," he writes. Though he details many ways in which current assistance programs could be more effective and rational, he does not believe that government alone, nor any other single variable, can solve the problem. Instead, a combination of things are required, beginning with the political will needed to create a relief system "that recognizes both the society's obligation through government and business, and the individual's obligation through labor and family." He does propose some specific steps in the right direction such as altering the current wage structure, creating more vocational programs (in both the public and private sectors), developing a fairer way to distribute school funding, and implementing basic national health care.
Prepare to have any preconceived notions about those living in poverty in America challenged by this affecting book. --Shawn Carkonen --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Excellent description of the complexities of "(not) getting by in America." People who go on with how America's poor are rich compared to other countries, really need to... Read morePublished 6 days ago by SueB
This book was "recommended reading" for my Teaching In A Diverse Society course at Palomar College. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Gina Doles
Excellent balanced look at the working poor, not bias, addressing problems at both sides of the issuePublished 1 month ago by Myrna McCarthy
A lot has happened since author David Shipler finished this book on the working poor. The greatest change has taken place in the institution of Obamacare, which allegedly repairs... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michael M. Rosenblatt
The author has thoroughly researched the topic of poverty and inequality, and the self-perpetuating cycles that keep most people below the poverty line. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Michael Weinhardt
I had to read this book for an online class and basically skimmed through it. I wasn't very interested in it.Published 2 months ago by blondefury
I recommend this book to anyone I talk to on this subject. Brilliant. I myself grew up working poor but this taught me things I had never experienced. Really insightfulPublished 3 months ago by Erica L. Bruce
Tells the truth like it is. Educates about the real truth behind the working poor in America. I highly recommend.Published 3 months ago by Inna Belogortseva
Got it just in time for my writing class assignment! Shipler is very good at laying it all out, clearly and concisely. Very even-handed treatment of the subject. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Melinna C.