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Tightrope by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn


by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

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An honest discussion of the problems plaguing small-town America and the policies that lead those areas to spiral.

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Numerous facts/figures/uses of historical and/or policy data make this book a challenging read.

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In a country that purports to root for the underdog, too often we exalt the rich and we punish the poor. This is an unflinching book that illustrates that central, confounding American paradox. With thorough reporting and extraordinary compassion, Kristof and WuDunn tell the stories of those who fall behind in the world’s wealthiest country. In the most vulnerable regions, they find not an efficie...

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With stark poignancy and political dispassion, Tightrope draws us deep into an "other America." The authors tell this story, in part, through the lives of some of the children with whom Kristof grew up, in rural Yamhill, Oregon, an area that prospered for much of the twentieth century but has been devastated in the last few decades as blue-collar jobs disappeared. About one-quarter of the children...

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