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In-depth reporting, great storytelling, makes your blood boil,
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This review is from: Broke, USA: From Pawnshops to Poverty, Inc. - How the Working Poor Became Big Business (Hardcover)Gary Rivlin brings clarity and depth in this report on the predatory lending business and other aspects of what he calls Poverty, Inc., the corporate efforts to make big profits on the backs of America's hard working poor and financially vulnerable.
Based on hundreds of interviews, the book combines a business reporters' careful sense of detail with the facts, numbers, policies and business decisions that have defined the industries involved, as well as a biographers eye for human detail and personality that draws us into the stories. His profiles of the business folks, advocates and unfortunate victims really drive the writing and make human the complicated web of check cashers, payday lenders, rent to owners and others who are ravaging our low income communities in a way that makes the casino business look like small potatoes.
Rivlin has taken a complicated topic and created a page-turning pot boiler that will raise your awareness and, regardless of your personal take on the issues, likely raise your hackles as well. Bravo!