The Divide

The Divide

American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap

Downloadable Audiobook - 2014
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"Matt Taibbi's genius is in untangling complex stories and making us care about them by providing striking moral clarity and a genuine sense of outrage. He has become among the most read journalists in America, leading the dialogue with epic Rolling Stone pieces that offer an "almost startling reminder of the power of good writing" (Washington Post). In this new work, he once again takes readers into the biggest, most urgent story in America: a widening wealth gap that is not only reshaping our economic life, but changing our core sense of right and wrong. The wealthy 1% operate with near impunity, while everyone else finds their very existence the subject of massive law enforcement attention: from stop-and-frisk programs and the immigrant dragnet to invasive surveillance and the abuse of debtors. Driven by immersive reporting, this is a stunning look into the newest high-stakes divide in our country: between a lawless aristocracy of hyperwealth and the rest of us, living under the shadow of an incipient American police state"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Spiegel & Grau, 2014.
ISBN: 9780804128063
Branch Call Number: eAUDIO OVERDRI
Characteristics: audio file
1 sound file : digital
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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Mooseum
Jul 12, 2017

The divide is an abyss. The difference between the privileged bankers and other billion/millionaires and those who have found themselves "at the bottom of the heap" cannot be compared. The imbalance in justice is unconscionable.

While listening to this book, the idea of Machiavellian politics came to mind. How we came to this point is not something that happened over the past decades, but over centuries. There have always been people who look out for themselves first. How did they come to run the country, the world? What happened to our "inalienable rights"?

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Chaoticmuse
Aug 29, 2014

The reader is excellent and the topic is handled with breathtaking depth and clarity! The research Taibbi does to cover the complicated issues we face today never ceases to amaze me. This time he takes on the financial disaster and the lack of punishment for those epic scale criminals and compares it to the fate of low level criminals. We have a mess on our hands and the divide is only growing worse.

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