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America: What Went Wrong?

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  114 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
The culmination of two years of research, and based on a series of articles in the Philadelphia Enquirer, two Pulitzer Prize-winning authors reveal how everyone's lives have been touched by public acts and private greed. Barlett and Steele deftly expose the shifting tax burdens, deregulation, foreign investment, bankruptcy laws, and other changes that have reeked havoc on ...more
Paperback, 252 pages
Published January 1st 1992 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
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Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read this 25 years ago but still remember how well the authors presented the facts of income inequality in the United States in the 1990s. I'd be interested in going back and reading it again, since the problem of income inequality has only gotten worse.
C. Scott
Feb 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
So much better than I ever expected. This book was written more than 20 years ago and it is as relevant today as when it came out.

Originally a series of lengthy articles in the Philadelphia Inquirer, this book describes in great detail how corporate mergers and Wall Street deals affect working people. It also sheds a bright light on the influence that Congress has on who wins and who loses in today's economy. Bartlett and Steele were talking about the 1% decades before it was fashionable.

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Feb 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Interesting in the extreme. This book, while technically outdated (1992), has been proven prophetic. It's a cogent and deeply-researched examination of the waning economic oversight or regulation in America, and the catastrophic problems stemming from that. This reads like an accurate diagnosis of the diseases-- income inequality, outsourcing, and massive government debt-- which we've had to deal with (or have refused to deal with) for the past three decades.

Only more poignant now, because nobod
Peter Boody
Jul 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I read this book 20 years ago but must add it to my list with high praise. Based on a Pulitzer Prize winning series in the Philadelphia Inquirer, it set out the trends well underway by then that have resulted in the mess we are in now. I suspect the reason this book isn't a solid 4.5 stars (no big seller can retain 5.0) is people who consider its thesis political and don't like it. Short term profiteering, failing regulation, financial gimmicks, cashing in assets and selling out workers and comm ...more
Nov 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Caution: this is not the book to read before jumping into bed at night. The facts revealed here will keep you up all night, tossing and turning, because of the greed of corporate raiders, helped along by the US tax code. Bartlett and Steele have filled this book with graphics and stories gleaned from over 100,000 pages of documents detailing how so many middle class jobs, which paid living wages, were lost(frequently shipped overseas). These jobs were sometimes replaced but typically paid minimu ...more
Adam Smith
Jan 08, 2013 rated it liked it
You'd think that with the article's (followed up by this book) breaking down how Congress has allowed unfettered corporate greed to prevail for decades that we as a country would have demanded reform. But then of course you'll remember that we have lobbies in this country. The book covers the time from Carter through Bush Sr. and talks about Democrats as much as Republicans, so it is definitely non-partisan. It did get a little dry at times, but was very informative. I can honestly say that I ha ...more
Brian Ridge
May 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: economics
America: What Went Wrong is an amazingly prescient book that was written in the 90's but may have just as well been written today. Just about all of the hot topics in economics today, such as corporate malfeasance, the growing wealth gap, excessive CEO pay, and others, can be found in this book written nearly 20 years ago. WHat we are going through now is part of a longer process that can be tied directly to supply-side fantasies instigated by Reagan and continued to today. Read this book if you ...more
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I can't really give a precise review because I read this book around 1995. The reason that I'm writing anything is because it was so good it stuck with me this entire time and I have kept it to reference every now and then. When my son was talking about income inequality a few weeks ago I pulled it out and he read it. He reminded me just how good it is and how relevant it is for today. As soon as I have time, I am going to reread it.
Feb 26, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shows how (mostly 80's-era) Congress (with the help of the Executive branch of government) systematically chipped away at a lot of the regulations that restrained corporate America, to the ultimate detriment of the poor and middle class. Note: It will help a lot if you bone up on your economics before you read this; it ain't exactly the lightest of reading.
Jan 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book was realy hard to read at first for a person that reads slow but it was hella sick. it was very informative book.It talked about the economy and all the stuff thats going on in america. i recomend you read it.
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