- Paperback: 232 pages
- Publisher: Common Courage Press (July 1, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1567510825
- ISBN-13: 978-1567510829
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 7.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #461,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Merchants of Misery: How Corporate America Profits From Poverty
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A lucid, searing and compelling analysis of America's poverty industry, "Merchants of Misery" starts off by illustrating how discriminatory banking practices disallow poor and minority coneumers to partake of their services. By refusing banking services (loans) in disadvantaged neighbourhoods, mainstream banks are creating a vacuum that is being filled by cheque-cashers, high-rate mortgage companies and other financial enterprises eager to fleece the poor.
"Merchants of Misery" provides glimpse after glimpse into the lives of real poverty-stricken people and their efforts to fight back. Fighting back by way of consumer rights attorneys, neighbourhood activists and a coalition of average citizens attacking the purveyors of this despicable industry with lawsuits, protests and alternative financial services. A powerful book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book is a well organized compilation of articles describing predatory lending practices directed against the poor. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Gderf
Very well documented, no shortage of sources, bottom line up-front, and unapologetically blunt. A must for everyone interested in the subject.Published 7 months ago by Noel Aldebol