Land Is Their Land
Reports from a Divided Nation
by Barbara Ehrenreich
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America in the ’aughts—hilariously skewered, brilliantly dissected, and darkly diagnosed by one of the country’s most prominent social critics
Now in paperback, Barbara Ehrenreich’s widely acclaimed This Land Is Their Land takes the measure of what we are left with after the cruelest decade in memory and finds lurid extremes all around. While members of the moneyed elite have bought up congressmen, many in the working class can barely buy lunch. While a wealthy minority obsessively consumes cosmetic surgery, the poor often go without health care for their children. And while the Masters of the Universe have thrown themselves into the casino economy, the less fortunate have been fed a diet of morality, marriage, and abstinence. With perfect satiric pitch, Ehrenreich reveals a country scarred by deepening inequality, corroded by distrust, and shamed by its official cruelty.
Full of wit and generosity, these reports from a divided nation—including new and unpublished essays—confirm once again that Ehrenreich is, as the San Francisco Chronicle proclaims, “essential reading.”
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"Feisty, fearlessly progressive Ehrenreich offers laughter on the
way to tears in 62 previously published essays that show "the rich
getting richer and poor getting poorer." She investigates pockets of
poverty among undocumented workers, military families and recent
college graduates. Ehrenreich's reach is capacious, encompassing not
only unemployment, health insurance and inflation, but corporate
spying, cancer studies, marriage education, the "abstinence training
business" and "Disney's Princess products." Her passion, compassion
and wit keep these excursions lively and timely..."
"Provocative, angry and funny, often at the same time..."
"In Swiftian style, Ehrenreich suggests that families unable to
obtain health-care coverage for their children should buy pet health
insurance for them, and she blithely maintains that employers have
cut wages and benefits to such levels that it is safe to assume
employees will soon be asked to pay their boss for the privilege of
—Jill Ortner, Library Journal