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Going To Extremes

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America is a grotesquely polarized society and becoming more so all the time. In this razor-sharp, funny and terrifying collection of pieces, Barbara Ehrenreich shows how the widening gap between rich and poor over the past eight years has left the country increasingly divided between the gated communities on the one hand and the trailer parks and tenements on the other. S ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by Granta Books
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Kate O'Hanlon
May 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: essays
Trite liberal blandishments don't get any more interesting when you agree with them.

May be in 2008 US wage inequality, employee abuse, off shoring, inaccessible healthcare and the meteoric rise of the super rich that depended on all this misery were new enough ideas that glib essays espousing their existences was enough. (Though I doubt it).
'Yes, and?'
Was my immediate response to most of the essays in this collection but Ehrenreich doesn't seem to have solutions more thought out that 'Complain!
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Christopher  Ryan
Dec 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
Extremely topical material that becomes outdated almost as soon as they're printed: Bush, Iraq WAR, financial scandals of yore, diet trends etc. I'm normally a huge fan, and she gets so much right, but these are simply articles gleaned from her various media outlets and they don't hold up a few years later.

She's so, so wrong about diets too. It's not a black and white issue. It's not fat versus carbs. It's about balance. Talk about extremes.
Tanvir Muntasim
Jun 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
A collection of short articles on America in the stranglehold of corporations and evangelical institutions. Her incisive and darkly humorous writing scathingly dissects the right wing thoughts and actions convincingly. Slightly dated, but still very relevant.
Kate
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Uplifting whilst depressing. Probably best read as an American ex-pat. Love "money sticks to the rich and slides off the poor" line especially.
Martin
Sep 02, 2008 rated it liked it
This is collection of short stories written from an American left wing slant which many of us didn't realize existed! I recommend this book for all Fox News viewers!
Jillian
Nov 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jillian by: David Shulman
Pretty good read but really quite choppy. This wasn't the best of her books. Recommend Nickel and Dimed instead.
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Barbara Ehrenreich is an American journalist and the bestselling author of sixteen previous books, including the bestsellers Nickel and Dimed and Bait and Switch. A frequent contributor to Harpers and The Nation, she has also been a columnist at The New York Times and Time Magazine.

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