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Losing Our Way - An Intimate Portrait of a Troubled America

Bob Herbert

From longtime New York Times columnist Bob Herbert comes a wrenching portrayal of ordinary Americans struggling for survival in a nation that has lost its way In his eighteen years as an opinion columnist for The New York Times, Herbert championed the working poor and the middle class. After filing his last column in 2011, he set off on a journey across the country to report on Americans who were being left behind in an economy that has never fully recovered from the Great Recession. The portraits of those he encountered fuel his new book, Losing Our Way. Herbert's combination of heartrending reporting and keen political analysis is the purest expression since the Occupy movement of the plight of the 99 percent. The individuals and families who are paying the price of America's bad choices in recent decades form the book's emotional center: an exhausted high school student in Brooklyn who works the overnight shift in a factory at minimum wage to help pay her family's rent; a twenty-four-year-old soldier from Peachtree City, Georgia, who loses both legs in a misguided, mismanaged, seemingly endless war; a young woman, only recently engaged, who suffers devastating injuries in a tragic bridge collapse in Minneapolis; and a group of parents in Pittsburgh who courageously fight back against the politicians who decimated funding for their children's schools. Herbert reminds us of a time in America when unemployment was low, wages and profits were high, and the nation's wealth, by current standards, was distributed much more equitably. Today, the gap between the wealthy and everyone else has widened dramatically, the nation's physical plant is crumbling, and the inability to find decent work is a plague on a generation. Herbert traces where we went wrong and spotlights the drastic and dangerous shift of political power from ordinary Americans to the corporate and financial elite. Hope for America, he argues, lies in a concerted push to redress that political imbalance. Searing and unforgettable, Losing Our Way ultim

From longtime New York Times columnist Bob Herbert comes a wrenching portrayal of ordinary Americans struggling for survival in a nation that has lost its way In his eighteen years as an opinion columnist for The New York Times, Herbert championed the working poor and the middle class. After filing his last column in 2011, he set off on a journey across the country to report on Americans who were being left behind in an economy that has never fully recovered from the Great Recession. The portraits of those he encountered fuel his new book, Losing Our Way. Herbert's combination of heartrending reporting and keen political analysis is the purest expression since the Occupy movement of the plight of the 99 percent. The individuals and families who are paying the price of America's bad choices in recent decades form the book's emotional center: an exhausted high school student in Brooklyn who works the overnight shift in a factory at minimum wage to help pay her family's rent; a twenty-four-year-old soldier from Peachtree City, Georgia, who loses both legs in a misguided, mismanaged, seemingly endless war; a young woman, only recently engaged, who suffers devastating injuries in a tragic bridge collapse in Minneapolis; and a group of parents in Pittsburgh who courageously fight back against the politicians who decimated funding for their children's schools. Herbert reminds us of a time in America when unemployment was low, wages and profits were high, and the nation's wealth, by current standards, was distributed much more equitably. Today, the gap between the wealthy and everyone else has widened dramatically, the nation's physical plant is crumbling, and the inability to find decent work is a plague on a generation. Herbert traces where we went wrong and spotlights the drastic and dangerous shift of political power from ordinary Americans to the corporate and financial elite. Hope for America, he argues, lies in a concerted push to redress that political imbalance. Searing and unforgettable, Losing Our Way ultim
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From longtime New York Times columnist Bob Herbert comes a wrenching portrayal of ordinary Americans struggling for survival in a nation that has lost its way In his eighteen years as an opinion columnist for The New York Times, Herbert championed the working poor and the middle class. After filing his last column in 2011, he set off on a journey across the country to report on Americans who were being left behind in an economy that has never fully recovered from the Great Recession. The portraits of those he encountered fuel his new book, Losing Our Way. Herbert's combination of heartrending reporting and keen political analysis is the purest expression since the Occupy movement of the plight of the 99 percent. The individuals and families who are paying the price of America's bad choices in recent decades form the book's emotional center: an exhausted high school student in Brooklyn who works the overnight shift in a factory at minimum wage to help pay her family's rent; a twenty-four-year-old soldier from Peachtree City, Georgia, who loses both legs in a misguided, mismanaged, seemingly endless war; a young woman, only recently engaged, who suffers devastating injuries in a tragic bridge collapse in Minneapolis; and a group of parents in Pittsburgh who courageously fight back against the politicians who decimated funding for their children's schools. Herbert reminds us of a time in America when unemployment was low, wages and profits were high, and the nation's wealth, by current standards, was distributed much more equitably. Today, the gap between the wealthy and everyone else has widened dramatically, the nation's physical plant is crumbling, and the inability to find decent work is a plague on a generation. Herbert traces where we went wrong and spotlights the drastic and dangerous shift of political power from ordinary Americans to the corporate and financial elite. Hope for America, he argues, lies in a concerted push to redress that political imbalance. Searing and unforgettable, Losing Our Way ultim

Language:

English

Length:

10h 15m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:15


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:33


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:33


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:57


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:41


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:52


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:11


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:45


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:03


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:14


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:54


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

02:40


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:08


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:23


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:09


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:28


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:56


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:58


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:18


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:26


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:10


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:57


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:14


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:48


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:11


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:24


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:21


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:13


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:11


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:27


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:51


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:52


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:32


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:58


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:39


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:38


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:41


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:54


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:52


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:45


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:11


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:51


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:04


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:28


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:11


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:47


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:03


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:18


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:47


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:57


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

08:12


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:59


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:04


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:01


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:37


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:37


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

08:00


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:57


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

08:21


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:39


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:57


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:28


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

07:07


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:23


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:31


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:30


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:58


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:09


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:42


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

07:14


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

08:23


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

07:39


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:29


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

06:18


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

07:04


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:42


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:55


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:37


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:20


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

08:53


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

07:05


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

08:31


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

08:40


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

05:40


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

06:55


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

07:53


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

05:03


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

06:01


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

00:37