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    Description"NEW YORK TIMES "BESTSELLER A scathing portrait of an urgent new American crisis Over the last two decades, America has been falling deeper and deeper into a statistical mystery: "Poverty goes up. Crime goes down. The prison population doubles." "Fraud by the rich wipes out 40 percent of the world's wealth. The rich get massively richer. No one goes to jail." In search of a solution, journalist Matt Taibbi discovered the Divide, the seam in American life where our two most troubling trends--growing wealth inequality and mass incarceration--come together, driven by a dramatic shift in American citizenship: Our basic rights are now determined by our wealth or poverty. The Divide is what allows massively destructive fraud by the hyperwealthy to go unpunished, while turning poverty itself into a crime--but it's impossible to see until you look at these two alarming trends side by side. In "The Divide, "Matt Taibbi takes readers on a galvanizing journey through both sides of our new system of justice--the fun-house-mirror worlds of the untouchably wealthy and the criminalized poor. He uncovers the startling looting that preceded the financial collapse; a wild conspiracy of billionaire hedge fund managers to destroy a company through dirty tricks; and the story of a whistleblower who gets in the way of the largest banks in America, only to find herself in the crosshairs. On the other side of the Divide, Taibbi takes us to the front lines of the immigrant dragnet; into the newly punitive welfare system which treats its beneficiaries as thieves; and deep inside the stop-and-frisk world, where standing in front of your own home has become an arrestable offense. As he narrates these incredible stories, he draws out and analyzes their common source: a perverse new standard of justice, based on a radical, disturbing new vision of civil rights. Through astonishing--and enraging--accounts of the high-stakes capers of the wealthy and nightmare stories of regular people caught in the Divide's punishing logic, Taibbi lays bare one of the greatest challenges we face in contemporary American life: surviving a system that devours the lives of the poor, turns a blind eye to the destructive crimes of the wealthy, and implicates us all. Praise for "The Divide" " " "Ambitious . . . deeply reported, highly compelling . . . impossible to put down.""--The New York Times Book Review" "These are the stories that will keep you up at night. . . . "The Divide" is not just a report from the new America; it is advocacy journalism at its finest.""--Los Angeles Times" "Taibbi is a relentless investigative reporter. He takes readers inside not only investment banks, hedge funds and the blood sport of short-sellers, but into the lives of the needy, minorities, street drifters and illegal immigrants. . . . "The Divide" is an important book. Its documentation is powerful and shocking.""--The Washington Post" "Captivating . . . "The Divide" enshrines its author's position as one of the most important voices in contemporary American journalism."--"The Independent" (UK) "Taibbi [is] perhaps the greatest reporter on Wall Street's crimes in the modern era."--"Salon" "When most of the population either does not know or does not care that the lowest socioeconomic classes live in something akin to a police state, we should be greatly concerned for the moral health of our society.""--The Wall Street Journal"


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    Title
    The Divide
    Subtitle
    American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Matt Taibbi, Illustrated by Molly Crabapple
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 416
    Width: 165 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 48 mm
    Weight: 680 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780812993424
    ISBN 10: 081299342X
    Classifications

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    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBB
    BIC E4L: POL
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T7.3
    BIC subject category V2: JPQ
    BISAC V2.8: SOC045000
    BIC subject category V2: JFFA
    Ingram Subject Code: PL
    Libri: USAA5066
    B&T General Subject: 650
    Libri: ENGM4900
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    BISAC region code: 4.0.1.0.0.0.0
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: HM671 .T35 2014
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    Thema V1.0: JBFC, JBFD, JPQ
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    Random House Publishing Group
    Imprint name
    Spiegel & Grau
    Publication date
    03 November 2014
    Author Information
    Matt Taibbi has been a contributing editor for "Rolling Stone "and the author of five previous books, including the "New York Times "bestsellers "The Great Derangement "and "Griftopia. "He lives in New Jersey.
    Review quote
    "Ambitious . . . deeply reported, highly compelling . . . impossible to put down.""--The New York Times Book Review" "These are the stories that will keep you up at night. . . . "The Divide" is not just a report from the new America; it is advocacy journalism at its finest.""--Los Angeles Times" "[Matt] Taibbi is a relentless investigative reporter. He takes readers inside not only investment banks, hedge funds and the blood sport of short-sellers, but into the lives of the needy, minorities, street drifters and illegal immigrants, to juxtapose justice for the poor and the powerful. . . . "The Divide" is an important book. Its documentation is powerful and shocking.""--The Washington Post" "Captivating . . . "The Divide" enshrines its author's position as one of the most important voices in contemporary American journalism."--"The Independent" (UK) "Taibbi [is] perhaps the greatest reporter on Wall Street's crimes in the modern era."--"Salon" "[Taibbi's] warning is all about moral hazard. . . . When swindlers know that their risks will be subsidized . . . they will surely commit more crimes. And when most of the population either does not know or does not care that the lowest socioeconomic classes live in something akin to a police state, we should be greatly concerned for the moral health of our society.""--The Wall Street Journal" "Trenchant . . . a scathing, accessible, and often riveting look at the U.S. finance industry and justice system.""--Publishers Weekly" "Readers with high blood pressure should make sure they've taken their medication before reading this devastating account of inequality in our justice, immigration, and social service systems. Taibbi's chapters are high-definition photographs contrasting the ways we pursue small-time corruption and essentially reward high-level versions of the same thing.""--Kirkus Reviews" (starred review)