The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap

The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap

Matt Taibbi


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A scathing portrait of an pressing new American crisis
 
during the last twenty years, the United States has been falling deeper and deeper right into a statistical mystery:
 
Poverty is going up. Crime is going down. The criminal inhabitants doubles.
Fraud by way of the wealthy wipes out forty percentage of the world’s wealth. the wealthy get hugely richer. nobody is going to jail.
 
looking for an answer, journalist Matt Taibbi found the Divide, the seam in American existence the place our so much troubling trends—growing wealth inequality and mass incarceration—come jointly, pushed through a dramatic shift in American citizenship: Our simple rights are actually made up our minds through our wealth or poverty. The Divide is what permits hugely harmful fraud via the hyperwealthy to move unpunished, whereas turning poverty itself right into a crime—but it’s most unlikely to work out till you examine those alarming developments facet via side.
 
In The Divide, Matt Taibbi takes readers on a galvanizing trip via either side of our new process of justice—the fun-house-mirror worlds of the untouchably prosperous and the criminalized negative. He uncovers the startling looting that preceded the monetary cave in; a wild conspiracy of billionaire hedge fund managers to damage a firm via soiled methods; and the tale of a whistleblower who will get within the manner of the biggest banks in the USA, in basic terms to discover herself within the crosshairs. at the different aspect of the Divide, Taibbi takes us to front strains of the immigrant dragnet; into the newly punitive welfare process which treats its beneficiaries as thieves; and deep contained in the stop-and-frisk international, the place status in entrance of your house has develop into an arrestable offense. As he narrates those outstanding tales, he attracts out and analyzes their universal resource: a perverse new usual of justice, according to a thorough, irritating new imaginative and prescient of civil rights.
 
via astonishing—and enraging—accounts of the high-stakes capers of the rich and nightmare tales of standard humans stuck within the Divide’s punishing good judgment, Taibbi lays naked one of many maximum demanding situations we are facing in modern American lifestyles: surviving a procedure that devours the lives of the negative, turns a blind eye to the damaging crimes of the rich, and implicates us all.

Praise for The Divide
 
“Ambitious . . . deeply pronounced, hugely compelling . . . most unlikely to place down.”—The ny instances publication Review
 
“These are the tales that may retain you up at evening. . . . The Divide isn't just a record from the hot the United States; it really is advocacy journalism at its finest.”—Los Angeles Times
 
“Taibbi is a continuing investigative reporter. he's taking readers within not just funding banks, hedge cash and the blood recreation of short-sellers, yet into the lives of the needy, minorities, highway drifters and unlawful immigrants. . . . The Divide is a crucial ebook. Its documentation is strong and shocking.”—The Washington Post
 
“Captivating . . . The Divide enshrines its author’s place as some of the most very important voices in modern American journalism.”The Independent (UK)
 
“Taibbi [is] maybe the best reporter on Wall Street’s crimes within the smooth era.”Salon

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