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The Working Poor by David K. Shipler
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Apr 17, 2012

really liked it
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Read from October 14, 2011 to April 15, 2012

Overall, a good exploration into poor/working class America. My only qualm with this book is that it doesn't offer much in discussing why we are seeing this trend of the augmented work week and declining or stagnant wages despite higher productivity, etc. Shipler does occasionally allude to systemic issues underpinning these trends but the brevity of these allusions can be somewhat frustrating and they certainly merit greater discussion.
This should be required reading for everyone who works with low-income children and families, in any way, shape or form. This book is a great combination of personal stories, statistics and analysis to give the full picture of the working poor and how a myriad of issues - including healthcare affects society.
You think Donald Trump, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, etc are selfish, self-focusing clods? Think again, oh thinker of the shallow and indifferent. To be successful is to think big, creatively, outside the box, but most of all to solve OTHER PEOPLE'S problems. Go figure. And as you reach out and help (Zig Ziggler, the great motivator, said that this is the age of the giver) then the windows of heaven open and bless you with that which you have give. "The love you make is equal to the love . . . you make." Oh, yes, John and Paul. It's all reciprocal. Discover how the poor live. Get into their mindset. Discover what they need and help them.

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