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The Other America: Poverty in the United States Paperback – August 1, 1997
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Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“Mike Harrington has made more Americans more uncomfortable for more good reasons than any other person I know. For most people, that would be achievement enough. But for Mike it was only the beginning—because the more he saw that was wrong with America, the harder he fought to make it right.” –Senator Edward Kennedy
The Other America is a “scream of rage, a call to conscience.” –The New York Times Book Review
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Sadly, for all the glad-handing of politicians and the proclamations by global corporations of the new and more widespread prosperity of the 1990s, the sobering truth is that very little progress has been made. Indeed, in more recent books such as William Finnegan's excellent "Cold New World", Harrington's basic thesis of the co-existence of a starker, poorer, and powerless populace left stranded to live lives of quiet desperation is reconfirmed, putting the lie to the many proclamations of universal opportunity and promise that politicians now ballyhoo.Read more ›
The book itself contains a good introduction by Howe, who puts the impact of Harrington's work in context. Filled with statistics, which are unfortunately not well referenced, the case is made that the scale of poverty in the US is a travesty and an outrage. Harrington himself lived amongst the poor and disenfranchised members of New York's society for a brief period of time and he writes about their general hopelessness and lack of purpose in life. The descriptions and analysis of this book allow you to view the world through the 'lens' of poverty, to know (on a superficial level) the crippling and depressing lives of our society's poorest members. Harrington was perhaps the leading American socialist of his time, so be warned that his views and crituqes have a liberal/leftist stance and that much of the book disparages the efforts of the US government (perhaps, rightly so).
As an added bonus, this edition of the book includes some insightful afterwords by Harrington about poverty in the 70s and 80s. Overall, an important and powerful work that is a must-read for anyone concerned with the issue of poverty in the US (which should be everyone, shouldn't it?).
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A great book. It paints a different picture of America that most do not see or admit it exists. Great read even after so many years. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Hercule
Great and important journalism, very relatable to many of the troubles of the poor in the US todayPublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
It's an interesting subject, and Harrington, as I recall, was very influential in the Kennedy White House.Published 4 months ago by Paducahfan
A very moving account of poverty in America, written in the early '60's but sadly still relevant in 2015.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent, well-supported insights that are still very applicable today, fifty years after the books was first released.Published 12 months ago by Hassan
This is a non-fiction work published in the early 1960's. It is still important, relevant reading today because fifty years on, America has a long way to go to strengthen its... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Michael Tzipori
Son's textbook, exactly what was needed. Sorry for the delay in posting.Published 17 months ago by Keith Owens