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Third World America: How Our Politicians Are Abandoning the Middle Class and Betraying the American Dream Hardcover – 7 Sep 2010

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"A voice of conscience in a time when we need conscience more than ever. . . Arianna Huffington is right: it's not too late for citizens to wake up politicians or to take matters into their own hands. Time is short: read this book "now.""
--Elizabeth Warren -- "Harvard Law School" professor and author of The Two-Income Trap
"Luckily for Congress, the White House, and Corporate America, no one reads anymore, because if people discover this book, America will become a very different place."
--Bill Maher
"Restoring the values that have made America strong - a thriving middle class and a sense of basic fair play - are of crucial importance to all Americans, left and right. "Third World America" is a powerful plea for our country to wake up so that we can change course -- before it's too late."
--Joe Scarborough
"Politicians talk endlessly about "protecting the middle class," yet, over the last 30 years, the middle class has taken a relentless pounding. In precise, graphic, and shocking terms that will bring the crisis home to everyone, Arianna Huffington explains why: special interests have become too powerful, money dominates our politics, and there is no sense of empathy or even shame amongst our elite. The national spirit that built America. . . lies in tatters. Turning this situation around will require strong new leadership. How long will that take? That depends on you - read this book and push hard for change"
--Simon Johnson - professor of economics at MIT Sloan School of Business and co-author of "13 Bankers"
"Arianna Huffington is one of the very few people in America committed to say things the way they are and to expose the monstrous elephants in the room ignored by the dominant discourse. Even rarer, she does so in a lively, engaging, and, mostly, charming way."
--Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author "The Black Swan"
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""Third World America "is simultaneously hard-hitting and empathetic. It makes the case that, as the world's largest economy fights to define its future, a viable middle-class is essential to our country's well-being and something we should all fight to ensure."
"--Rob ""Johnson" -- Senior Fellow and Director of the Project on Global Finance at the Roosevelt Institute
"The quick wit and sharp critique of Arianna Huffington will now be heard where they are needed most -- in defense of our quickly disappearing middle class. Taking direct aim at the misguided policies that have protected the plutocracy at the expense of the middle class, Arianna explains in stark language where we will end up if we don't change course. A must-read for all concerned citizens and thinkers. "
--Eliot Spitzer, former Attorney General and governor of New York.

"With great passion and insight, Arianna tells it like it is. Blending outrage and optimism - indignation at how America's crony capitalists have wrecked the nation's great middle class, and unremitting hope that our people will rise and put things right - she explains what's happened and what must be done. Here, clearly, is a book for our times."
--Robert B. Reich, Professor of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley, and former U.S. Secretary of Labor

"An alarming account of the plight of the American middle class."
--Joseph Stiglitz, professor of economics at Columbia University and Nobel Laureater

"From the Hardcover edition."

A voice of conscience in a time when we need conscience more than ever. . . Arianna Huffington is right: it s not too late for citizens to wake up politicians or to take matters into their own hands. Time is short: read this book now.
--Elizabeth Warren -- Harvard Law School professor and author of The Two-Income Trap
Luckily for Congress, the White House, and Corporate America, no one reads anymore, because if people discover this book, America will become a very different place.
--Bill Maher
Restoring the values that have made America strong a thriving middle class and a sense of basic fair play are of crucial importance to all Americans, left and right. Third World America is a powerful plea for our country to wake up so that we can change course -- before it s too late.
--Joe Scarborough
Politicians talk endlessly about protecting the middle class, yet, over the last 30 years, the middle class has taken a relentless pounding. In precise, graphic, and shocking terms that will bring the crisis home to everyone, Arianna Huffington explains why: special interests have become too powerful, money dominates our politics, and there is no sense of empathy or even shame amongst our elite. The national spirit that built America. . . lies in tatters. Turning this situation around will require strong new leadership. How long will that take? That depends on you - read this book and push hard for change
--Simon Johnson professor of economics at MIT Sloan School of Business and co-author of 13 Bankers
Arianna Huffington is one of the very few people in America committed to say things the way they are and to expose the monstrous elephants in the room ignored by the dominant discourse. Even rarer, she does so in a lively, engaging, and, mostly, charming way.
--Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author The Black Swan

Third World America is simultaneously hard-hitting and empathetic. It makes the case that, as the world's largest economy fights to define its future, a viable middle-class is essential to our country's well-being and something we should all fight to ensure.
--Rob Johnson -- Senior Fellow and Director of the Project on Global Finance at the Roosevelt Institute
The quick wit and sharp critique of Arianna Huffington will now be heard where they are needed most -- in defense of our quickly disappearing middle class. Taking direct aim at the misguided policies that have protected the plutocracy at the expense of the middle class, Arianna explains in stark language where we will end up if we don't change course. A must-read for all concerned citizens and thinkers.
--Eliot Spitzer, former Attorney General and governor of New York.

With great passion and insight, Arianna tells it like it is. Blending outrage and optimism indignation at how America s crony capitalists have wrecked the nation s great middle class, and unremitting hope that our people will rise and put things right she explains what s happened and what must be done. Here, clearly, is a book for our times.
--Robert B. Reich, Professor of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley, and former U.S. Secretary of Labor

An alarming account of the plight of the American middle class.
--Joseph Stiglitz, professor of economics at Columbia University and Nobel Laureater

From the Hardcover edition." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

ARIANNA HUFFINGTON, a member of Oprah's SuperSoul 100, is the cofounder and editor in chief of the Huffington Post, a nationally syndicated columnist, and the author of thirteen books. She is also the cohost of Left, Right & Center, public radio s popular political roundtable program.She was named to the Time 100, Time magazine s list of the world s one hundred most influential people, and to the Financial Times s list of fifty people who shaped the decade.Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was sixteen and graduated from Cambridge University with an MA in economics.

From the Hardcover edition." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Two Thumbs Up! 18 May 2016
By William Andrews - Published on Amazon.com
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Well, damn she pretty much spells it all out: Failing schools, crumbling infrastructure, crooked politicians, glaring income inequality, and a near extinction of US manufacturing. America is still number one in a few things though. We leave China and Russia in the dust with the number of people incarcerated per capita. We should have the safest country in the world, with crime rates lower than a Singapore nunnery. Instead, our cities resemble those of some stateless banana republic. We're also number one in childhood obesity, hooray! And on top of this, childhood type-two diabetes. In other news, as of this writing, "medical errors" are the third leading cause of death in the United States next to heart disease and cancer. Government surveillance of our lives has dramatically increased, and yet murder and mass-shootings are skyrocketing. Like it says on the dust jacket she "names names" and gets into the trenches. However, this book is a bit dated because Arianna seems dreamy-eyed about Barack Obama's administration, as though he might still have a chance to turn things around. (I thought the Huffington Post was supposed to be a conservative news outlet, I'm confused?)

Near the end she makes some good suggestions about how we could ALL make things better, and sit around a big campfire singing "Kumbaya " munching on spicy wing dings and drinking beer. But there's always that one guy who goes overboard on the booze and winds up taking a leak at the buffet table and causes an escalating series of events that ends with the police showing up and two people in the hospital with minor contusions. Judging from how things have gone the past few years it's hard to be optimistic. Sorry, I really wish there was a happy ending.

In short: A very good read and highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Overview of America's problems 19 Jun. 2013
By ryan owen - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a good quick read. Huffington fails to get very detailed and deep thinking about the issues that face the country. However she does seemingly go out of her way to comment on every little nuance she can think of, in that way the book does gain some depth. Huffington plays no games, in her opinion, one that does does support with references and data, things are not looking so bright for the future of the land of the free and and home of the brave. However it's no dooms day book or take on America. Instead Arianna pushes for the types and kinds of change and reform that my render many of the countries issues mute or irreverent. In many ways as each and every issues is brought up and discussed she pulls it all together with a glimpse of hope that as bad as it is change is possible and that there is another way to do things.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 23 May 2016
By EW - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent book! Pretty depressing !!
5.0 out of 5 stars Third World America 11 May 2016
By Payton H. - Published on Amazon.com
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Good read. The author did a great way of explaining our current situation. Also advised on possible solutions. This book is right on time and I highly recommend!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest Ponzi scheme of all time 14 Oct. 2010
By Theodore A. Rushton - Published on Amazon.com
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Every schoolchild learns the 'We're No. 1' conceit that is the root cause of the American decline that Huffington decries, although she accuses politicians of "... abandoning the middle class and betraying the American Dream."

She's a populist writer well attuned to public grievances, fears and follies, much like Sarah Palin. Both are astutely capable of tapping the mood of public frustration which accounts for their popularity; neither offer rational solutions, because to do so is disturbing enough that it would undermine their current profitability.

They operate on a simple theme: If America is 'No. 1,' then problems such as economic collapse, lack of jobs and deficit spending must be the fault of an evil cabal.

So, their blind rage channels into anger at Wall Street financiers, politicians and lobbyists. No one sells lots of books, or appeals to the Teapotty mobocracy, by telling people, "We have met the problem and it is us ... all of us."

The answer is not nanny state paternalism, such as feel-good policies of banning do-nuts or sugary sodas. Instead, it is schools with the courage to teach "greed is not enough" and ethics requires people to love fairness and respect their neighbours. American capitalism is the world's best engine of economic prosperity and progress; but, any idea this powerful must be tempered with the principle, "Peace is respect for the rights of others."

The current economic crisis, which Huffington recounts in painful detail, is blamed on the collapse of a housing bubble and easy credit. Both of these causes were based on luring people into debts they could not afford, often on the basis that someone else would pay more next year. The economy for the past decade was based on new buyers always investing more; in blunt terms, America was suckered into the greatest Ponzi scheme of all time.

How can the 'We're No. 1' society be duped so easily? The easy answer is that it can't, the fault lies with politicians, bankers, bunco artists and bozos. Huffington provides a brief, easy-to-read and masterful account of these terrible people and their terrible deeds. It's a book to read, treasure and carefully save for your children -- they'll find it interesting when a similar cycle of greed and cupidity occurs again in another 20 or so years.
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