Going to Extremes: Notes from a Divided Nation

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Granta, 2008 - Equality - 235 pages
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America is a grotesquely polarized society and becoming more so all the time. In this razor-sharp, funny and terrifying collection of pieces, Barbara Ehrenreich shows how the widening gap between rich and poor over the past eight years has left the country increasingly divided between the gated communities on the one hand, and the trailer parks and tenements on the other. She describes a country where the super-rich travel by private jet, while low-paid workers make multiple bus trips to get to their jobs; where a wealthy minority obsessively consumes cosmetic surgery, while the poor often go without basic health care for their children; where members of the moneyed elite can buy congressmen, while a troubling proportion of the working class can barely buy lunch.Ehrenreich writes corruscatingly about the pay of CEOs, the treatment of illegal immigrants, the way Wal-Mart spies on and interrogates its employees, and the fact that it's easier to get health insurance in America for a pet than for a child. Going to Extremes brilliantly anatomises a nation approaching its 2008 election scarred by deepening equality and corroded by distrust.

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User Review  - Tanvir Muntasim - Goodreads

A collection of short articles on America in the stranglehold of corporations and evangelical institutions. Her incisive and darkly humorous writing scathingly dissects the right wing thoughts and actions convincingly. Slightly dated, but still very relevant. Read full review

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User Review  - Christopher Ryan - Goodreads

Extremely topical material that becomes outdated almost as soon as they're printed: Bush, Iraq WAR, financial scandals of yore, diet trends etc. I'm normally a huge fan, and she gets so much right ... Read full review


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Barbara Ehrenreich is the author of "Blood Rites"; "The Worst Years of Our Lives"; "Fear of Falling", which was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award, & eight other books. A frequent contributor to Time, Harper's, Esquire, The New Republic, Mirabella, The Nation, The New York Magazine, she lives near Key West, Florida.

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