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Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by [Matthew Desmond]
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This searing, heartbreaking book tells the story of poverty today, and the people who live it. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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"Astonishing... Desmond has set a new standard for reporting on poverty."--Barbara Ehrenreich, New York Times Book Review

"After reading Evicted, you'll realize you cannot have a serious conversation about poverty without talking about housing. . . . The book is that good, and it's that unignorable."--Jennifer Senior, New York Times Critics' Top Books of 2016

"This book gave me a better sense of what it is like to be very poor in this country than anything else I have read. . . . It is beautifully written, thought-provoking, and unforgettable."--Bill Gates

"Inside my copy of his book, Mr. Desmond scribbled a note: 'home = life.' Too many in Washington don't understand that. We need a government that will partner with communities, from Appalachia to the suburbs to downtown Cleveland, to make hard work pay off for all these overlooked Americans."--Senator Sherrod Brown, Wall Street Journal

"My God, what [Evicted] lays bare about American poverty. It is devastating and infuriating and a necessary read."--Roxane Gay, author of Bad Feminist and Difficult Women

"Written with the vividness of a novel, [Evicted] offers a dark mirror of middle-class America's obsession with real estate, laying bare the workings of the low end of the market, where evictions have become just another part of an often lucrative business model."--Jennifer Schuessler, New York Times

"In spare and penetrating prose . . . Desmond has made it impossible to consider poverty without grappling with the role of housing. This pick [as best book of 2016] was not close."--Carlos Lozada, Washington Post

"An essential piece of reportage about poverty and profit in urban America."--Geoff Dyer, The Guardian's Best Holiday Reads 2016

"It doesn't happen every week (or every month, or even year), but every once in a while a book comes along that changes the national conversation. . . . Evicted looks to be one of those books."--Pamela Paul, editor of the New York Times Book Review

"Should be required reading in an election year, or any other."--Entertainment Weekly

"Powerful, monstrously effective . . . The power of this book abides in the indelible impression left by its stories."--Jill Leovy, The American Scholar

"Gripping and important . . . [Desmond's] portraits are vivid and unsettling."--Jason DeParle, New York Review of Books

"An exquisitely crafted, meticulously researched exploration of life on the margins, providing a voice to people who have been shamefully ignored--or, worse, demonized--by opinion makers over the course of decades."--The Boston Globe

"[An] impressive work of scholarship . . . As Mr. Desmond points out, eviction has been neglected by urban sociologists, so his account fills a gap. His methodology is scrupulous."--Wall Street Journal --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B01BM08PD0
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Penguin; 1st edition (1 March 2016)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1493 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 434 pages
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Matthew Desmond is an American sociologist and urban ethnographer. He is currently the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University and Co-Director of the Justice and Poverty Project. The author of several books, including the award-winning book, "On the Fireline," and "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City," Desmond was awarded a MacArthur "Genius" grant in 2015 for his work on poverty in America.

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