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    The acclaimed New York Times series on social class in America—and its implications for the way we live our lives
         We Americans have long thought of ourselves as unburdened by class distinctions. We have no her...

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    The acclaimed New York Times series on social class in America—and its implications for the way we live our lives
         We Americans have long thought of ourselves as unburdened by class distinctions. We have no hereditary aristocracy or landed gentry, and even the poorest among us feel that they can become rich through education, hard work, or sheer gumption. And yet social class remains a powerful force in American life.
         In Class Matters, a team of New York Times reporters explores the ways in which class—defined as a combination of income, education, wealth, and occupation—influences destiny in a society that likes to think of itself as a land of opportunity. We meet individuals in Kentucky and Chicago who have used education to lift themselves out of poverty and others in Virginia and Washington whose lack of education holds them back. We meet an upper-middle-class family in Georgia who moves to a different town every few years, and the newly rich in Nantucket whose mega-mansions have driven out the longstanding residents. And we see how class disparities manifest themselves at the doctor’s office and at the marriage altar.
         For anyone concerned about the future of the American dream, Class Matters is truly essential reading.
    Class Matters is a beautifully reported, deeply disturbing, portrait of a society bent out of shape by harsh inequalities. Read it and see how you fit into the problem or—better yet—the solution!”
    —Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed and Bait and Switch


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    Dimensions 8.0x6.0x1.0
    The New York Times team comprises Anthony DePalma, Timothy Egan, Geraldine Fabrikant, Laurie Goodstein, David Cay Johnston, Peter T. Kilborn, David D. Kirkpatrick, David Leonhardt, Tamar Lewin, Charles McGrath, Janny Scott, Jennifer Steinhauer, and Isabel Wilkerson. Bill Keller is the executive editor of The New York Times.

    Class Matters also includes essays by Christopher Buckley, Diane McWhorter,
    Richard Price, David Levering Lewis, and Linda Chavez, about their encounters with class when they were growing up.

    ISBN 9780805080551
    Genre SOCIAL SCIENCE / Social Classes
    Format Paperback
    Pages 268
    Publisher Date 2005-09-02 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Times Books
    Copyright Year 2005
    Height 8.25 in
    Wdth 5.5 in
    Thickness 0.75 in
    Unit weight 0.55 lb
    Language English
    Audience College/higher education

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