This Land Is Their Land: Reports from a Divided Nation

Front Cover
Macmillan, Apr 27, 2009 - Business & Economics - 256 pages
16 Reviews

America in the ’aughts—hilariously skewered, brilliantly dissected, and darkly diagnosed by one of the country’s most prominent social critics

Now in paperback, Barbara Ehrenreich’s widely acclaimed This Land Is Their Land takes the measure of what we are left with after the cruelest decade in memory and finds lurid extremes all around. While members of the moneyed elite have bought up congressmen, many in the working class can barely buy lunch. While a wealthy minority obsessively consumes cosmetic surgery, the poor often go without health care for their children. And while the Masters of the Universe have thrown themselves into the casino economy, the less fortunate have been fed a diet of morality, marriage, and abstinence. With perfect satiric pitch, Ehrenreich reveals a country scarred by deepening inequality, corroded by distrust, and shamed by its official cruelty.

Full of wit and generosity, these reports from a divided nation—including new and unpublished essays—confirm once again that Ehrenreich is, as the San Francisco Chronicle proclaims, “essential reading.”

  

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
1
4 stars
3
3 stars
8
2 stars
3
1 star
1

Review: This Land Is Their Land: Reports from a Divided Nation

User Review  - Robert - Goodreads

Barbara Ehrenreich is the kind of writer you might know about...and know her views in general...but may not have read. That's how it was for me until the last few days when I ripped through This Land ... Read full review

Review: This Land Is Their Land: Reports from a Divided Nation

User Review  - David - Goodreads

I would start off that my most Conservative friends would probably starting offering a lot of foul language at the author, if they read this book. At first, I notices all the material which appears in ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
CHASMS OF INEQUALITY
9
This Land Is Their Land
11
The Class Analysis
14
Home Depots CEOSize Tip
17
CEOs vs Slaves
20
Banish the Bloated Overclass
23
Got Grease?
26
Fake Your Way to the Top
125
Challenging the Workplace Dictatorship
128
New Frontiers in Child Abuse
131
French Workers Refuse to Be Kleenex
134
Truckers Protest the Resistance Begins
137
DECLINING HEALTH
141
We Have Seen the Enemyand Surrendered
143
Gouging the Poor
146

Class Struggle 101
31
Minimum Wage Rises Sky Does Not Fall
35
Could You Afford to Be Poor?
38
Desperately Seeking Stimulus
42
Smashing Capitalism
45
The Communist Manifesto Hits 160
49
MEANNESS ON THE RISE
53
Pension or Penitentiary?
55
Where the Fingers Pointing
57
The Cheapskate Warfare State
60
Are Illegal Immigrants the Problem?
64
The Shame Game
67
The New Cosby Kids
70
What America Owes Its Illegals
73
The Suicide Solution
76
STRANGLING THE MIDDLE CLASS
81
Freshpersons Welcome to Debt
83
Party On
86
Are You Handy with Bedpans and Brooms?
89
Your Local NewsDateline Delhi
92
That Sinking Feeling
95
Whats So Great about Gated Communities?
98
Worlds Designated Shoppers Drop
102
HELL DAY AT WORK
105
Circuit City Slaughter
107
Blood in the Chutney
110
Workplace Bullies
113
Big Box Brother
118
Invasion of the Cheerleaders
122
The High Cost of Doing without Universal Health Care
150
Health Care vs the Profit Principle
153
Children Deserve Veterinary Care Too
156
Our Broken Mental Health System
159
Probably Not You
162
The Key to Energy Independence
165
A Society That Throws the Sick Away
168
GETTING SEX STRAIGHT
171
Fear of Restrooms
173
Let Them Eat Wedding Cake
176
Opportunities in Abstinence Training
179
Owning Up to Abortion
183
How Banning Gay Marriage Will Destroy the Family
186
Do Women Need a Viagra?
189
A Uterus Is Not a Substitute for a Conscience
192
Whos Wrecking the Family?
197
Bonfire of the Princesses
200
FALSE GODS
203
The Secret of Mass Delusion
205
Who Moved My Ability to Reason?
208
All Together Now
213
The Faith Factor
216
Follies of Faith
220
Pastors Go Postal
225
Is It Safe to Go Back to Church?
229
God Owes Us an Apology
232
Rich Get Poorer Poor Disappear
236
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2009)

Barbara Ehrenreich is the bestselling author of Nickel and Dimed, Bait and Switch, Bright-sided, Dancing in the Streets and Blood Rites, among others. A frequent contributor to Harper's and The Nation, she has also been a columnist at The New York Times and Time magazine. She is the winner of the L.A. Times Book Prize for Current Interest and ALA Notable Books for Nonfiction. Ehrenreich was born in Butte, Montana, when it was still a bustling mining town. She studied physics at Reed College, and earned a Ph.D. in cell biology from Rockefeller University. Rather than going into laboratory work, she got involved in activism, and soon devoted herself to writing her innovative journalism. She lives and works in Florida.

Bibliographic information