How Washington Made the Rich Richer--and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class
Publication Date: April 2011
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A groundbreaking work that identifies the real culprit behind one of the great economic crimes of our time-the growing inequality between the vast majority of Americans and the richest of the rich.
Jacob S. Hacker is the Stanley B. Resor Professor of Political Science at Yale University. A fellow at the New America Foundation in Washington, D.C., he is the author of the New York Times Editors' Choice The Great Risk Shift: The New Economic Insecurity and the Decline of the American Dream and The Divided Welfare State, and coauthor, with Paul Pierson, of Off Center: The Republican Revolution and the Erosion of American Democracy. A frequent media commentator, Jacob has written for publications including the Nation, the New York Times, and the Washington Post, and has appeared on MSNBC and NPR. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut. Paul Pierson is a professor of political science and holder of the Avice Saint Chair of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of Politics in Time and Dismantling the Welfare State? and coauthor, with Jacob S. Hacker, of Off Center. He has written for publications including the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post, and the New Republic and serves on the editorial boards of the American Political Science Review, Perspectives on Politics, and the Annual Review of Political Science. Paul lives in Berkeley, California. John Allen Nelson's critically acclaimed roles on television's 24 and Vanished are among the highlights of his twenty-five-plus years as an actor, screenwriter, and film producer. As a narrator, he won an AudioFile Earphones Award for his reading of Zoo Story by Thomas French.
"Important.... The collapse of the American middle class and the huge transfer of wealth to the already wealthy is the biggest domestic story of our time." ---Jonathan Alter, The New York Times Book Review