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The Velvet Rope Economy: How Inequality Became Big Business

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From New York Times business reporter Nelson D. Schwartz comes a gripping investigation of how a virtual velvet rope divides Americans in every arena of life, creating a friction-free existence for those with money on one side and a Darwinian struggle for the middle class on the other side.

In nearly every realm of daily life--from health care to education, highways to home
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by Doubleday Books
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    Sue Fernandez
    Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Thank you to NetGalley and Doubleday Books for advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I'd thought I'd start a non-fiction book so I wasn't up too late. This ended up keeping me up! It reads smoothly, transitioning and segueing into different areas without effort. I won't say this book didn't trouble me...a lot. Just this morning we were discussing how Disney has now fallen into this and they are offering "VIP" seating for the parades, "plaid" shirt treatment for a price, ...more
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    The recent results from a Gallup Poll (Jan 2018) showed that 36% Americans are dissatisfied with the ability to get ahead by working hard!
    This should not be a surprise for anyone working today for peanuts while exhausting themselves daily for 10c raises as Top Producers/Associate of the Months and whatever other title they wiggle in your face to try to achieve.
    I know this because like many of you - I went from upper middle- to extreme poverty- now officially 'locked in' to the bottom row.
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    Becky Diamond
    Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    The Velvet Rope Economy is a shocking exposé of our continually splintering economy and value system. Schwartz skillfully navigates the playground of the super-rich and their long list of premium experiences from VIP amusement park tours and luxury sports arena boxes to better access to hospitals and educational opportunities. The real-life examples and statistics he reveals invoke a wide range of emotions from bewilderment and envy to anger, disgust, disappointment and even fear. As one very ...more
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