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Poverty, by America

By Matthew Desmond


Publication Date: March 26, 2024

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Evicted reimagines the debate on poverty, making a “provocative and compelling” (NPR) argument about why it persists in America: because the rest of us benefit from it.

"Urgent and accessible . . . Its moral force is a gut punch."—The New Yorker

Why does the United States, the richest country on earth, have more poverty than any other advanced democracy? This is the question that acclaimed sociologist Matthew Desmond answers in his “fleet, fierce manifesto” (New York Times Book Review). Drawing on history, research, and original reporting, he shows how affluent Americans knowingly and unknowingly keep poor people poor. Those of us who are financially secure exploit the poor, prioritize the subsidization of our wealth over the alleviation of poverty, and stockpile opportunity in exclusive communities. Some lives are made small so that others may grow.

Elegantly written and fiercely argued, this compassionate book gives us new ways of thinking about a morally urgent problem. It also helps us imagine solutions. Desmond builds a startlingly original and ambitious case for ending poverty. He calls on us all to become poverty abolitionists—to usher in a new age of shared prosperity and, at last, true freedom.

Publication History:Crown HC 3/23

About the Author

Matthew Desmond is the Maurice P. During Professor of Sociology at Princeton University and the founding director of Princeton's Eviction Lab. His last book, Evicted, won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award, among others. The recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, Desmond is also a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine.

Author Residence: Princeton, NJ

Author Hometown: Arizona

Format: Trade Paperback

Length: 304 pages

Publisher: Crown

Publication Date: March 26, 2024

ISBN: 9780593239933

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