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The Divide

American injustice in the age of the wealth gap

By Matt Taibbi

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Format: Paperback, 448 pages, New edition Edition
Published In: Australia, 05 June 2014
In The Divide, Matt Taibbi - the scourge of America's financial plutocrats - takes on his most important story yet. Written with forensic zeal and righteous rage, this is an exploration of an unprecedented wealth gap that is not just changing the US's economic life, but transforming the meaning of rights, justice, and basic citizenship. The wealthy 1 per cent operate with near impunity, protected by their class, their peers, and their system; however large and outrageous their crimes, they are hardly ever charged and rarely jailed. Meanwhile, everyone else finds their daily existence the subject of massive law-enforcement attention - from stop-and-frisk programs and the immigrant dragnet, to invasive surveillance and the abuse of debtors. Driven by immersive reporting, this is a stunning, enraging revelation of the newest high-stakes divide in the US: between a lawless aristocracy of hyperwealth and everyone else, living under the shadow of an incipient American police state.

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A modern Tale of Two Cities, this is a searing indictment of one law for Wall Street, and another law for everyone else.

About the Author

Matt Taibbi is a contributing editor for Rolling Stone and the author of four previous books, including the New York Times bestseller The Great Derangement and Griftopia. He lives in Jersey City, New Jersey.

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Kirkus 'Best Nonfiction Books of 2014' 'The Divide is an important book ... Its documentation is powerful and shocking.' * The Washington Post * 'Lucid and direct ... The Divide is an important book for Australians as well as Americans' * Newcastle Herald * 'These are the stories that will keep you up at night ... not just a report from the new America; it is advocacy journalism at its finest.' * Los Angeles Times * `[A] devastating account of the inequality in our justice, immigration, and social-service systems.' * Kirkus Reviews (starred) * '[A]n indictment of the US criminal system and political culture that has allowed the perversion of a society's once sacred core values ... Brilliant and sobering' * Courier Mail *

EAN: 9781922247469
ISBN: 1922247464
Publisher: Scribe Publications
Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.3 centimetres (0.54 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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