This Land Is Their Land: Reports from a Divided Nation
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Full of wit and generosity, these reports from a divided nation—including new and unpublished essays—confirm once again that Ehrenreich is, as the San Francisco Chronicle proclaims, "essential reading."
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I happen to agree with Ms. Ehrenreich on 99% of points, but her writing style at times rubbed me the wrong way, especially when she was deriding people for believing in God. I am sure a lot of the ... Read full review
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The author got a lot of things right and a lot of things wrong. Where she was right, she was sickeningly smug and where she was wrong was downright sickening. I didn't appreciate the Michael Moorean ... Read full review
CHASMS OF INEQUALITY
This Land Is Their Land
The Class Analysis
Home Depots CEOSize Tip
CEOs vs Slaves
Banish the Bloated Overclass
Fake Your Way to the Top
Challenging the Workplace Dictatorship
New Frontiers in Child Abuse
French Workers Refuse to Be Kleenex
Truckers Protest the Resistance Begins
We Have Seen the Enemyand Surrendered
Gouging the Poor
Class Struggle 101
Minimum Wage Rises Sky Does Not Fall
Could You Afford to Be Poor?
Desperately Seeking Stimulus
The Communist Manifesto Hits 160
MEANNESS ON THE RISE
Pension or Penitentiary?
Where the Fingers Pointing
The Cheapskate Warfare State
Are Illegal Immigrants the Problem?
The Shame Game
The New Cosby Kids
What America Owes Its Illegals
The Suicide Solution
STRANGLING THE MIDDLE CLASS
Freshpersons Welcome to Debt
Are You Handy with Bedpans and Brooms?
Your Local NewsDateline Delhi
That Sinking Feeling
Whats So Great about Gated Communities?
Worlds Designated Shoppers Drop
HELL DAY AT WORK
Circuit City Slaughter
Blood in the Chutney
Big Box Brother
Invasion of the Cheerleaders
The High Cost of Doing without Universal Health Care
Health Care vs the Profit Principle
Children Deserve Veterinary Care Too
Our Broken Mental Health System
Probably Not You
The Key to Energy Independence
A Society That Throws the Sick Away
GETTING SEX STRAIGHT
Fear of Restrooms
Let Them Eat Wedding Cake
Opportunities in Abstinence Training
Owning Up to Abortion
How Banning Gay Marriage Will Destroy the Family
Do Women Need a Viagra?
A Uterus Is Not a Substitute for a Conscience
Whos Wrecking the Family?
Bonfire of the Princesses
The Secret of Mass Delusion
Who Moved My Ability to Reason?
All Together Now
The Faith Factor
Follies of Faith
Pastors Go Postal
Is It Safe to Go Back to Church?
God Owes Us an Apology
Rich Get Poorer Poor Disappear