The Working Poor: Invisible in America by
Call Number: HC110.P6 S48 2004
Publication Date: 2004-02-03
This book that presents a searing, intimate portrait of working American families struggling against insurmountable odds to escape poverty. The invisible poor are engaged in the activity most respected in American ideology; hard, honest work. But their version of the American Dream is a nightmare: low-paying, dead-end jobs; the profound failure of government to improve upon decaying housing, health care, and education; the failure of families to break the patterns of child abuse and substance abuse. Shipler exposes the interlocking problems by taking us into the sorrowful, infuriating, courageous lives of the poor white and black, Asian and Latino, citizens and immigrants. This impassioned book not only dissects the problems, but makes pointed, informed recommendations for change.