By Matt Taibbi
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A scathing portrait of an pressing new American crisis
over the past 20 years, the USA has been falling deeper and deeper right into a statistical mystery:
Poverty is going up. Crime is going down. The legal inhabitants doubles.
Fraud via the wealthy wipes out forty percentage of the world’s wealth. the wealthy get vastly richer. nobody is going to jail.
looking for an answer, journalist Matt Taibbi came across the Divide, the seam in American lifestyles the place our such a lot troubling trends—growing wealth inequality and mass incarceration—come jointly, pushed by way of a dramatic shift in American citizenship: Our easy rights at the moment are made up our minds by way of our wealth or poverty. The Divide is what permits hugely damaging fraud by way of the hyperwealthy to head unpunished, whereas turning poverty itself right into a crime—but it’s very unlikely to work out until eventually you examine those alarming traits aspect by way of side.
In The Divide, Matt Taibbi takes readers on a galvanizing trip via each side of our new process of justice—the fun-house-mirror worlds of the untouchably prosperous and the criminalized terrible. He uncovers the startling looting that preceded the monetary cave in; a wild conspiracy of billionaire hedge fund managers to ruin an organization via soiled tips; and the tale of a whistleblower who will get within the method of the most important banks in the US, basically to discover herself within the crosshairs. at the different part of the Divide, Taibbi takes us to front traces of the immigrant dragnet; into the newly punitive welfare process which treats its beneficiaries as thieves; and deep contained in the stop-and-frisk global, the place status in entrance of your house has turn into an arrestable offense. As he narrates those significant tales, he attracts out and analyzes their universal resource: a perverse new commonplace of justice, in keeping with a thorough, traumatic new imaginative and prescient of civil rights.
via astonishing—and enraging—accounts of the high-stakes capers of the rich and nightmare tales of normal humans stuck within the Divide’s punishing good judgment, Taibbi lays naked one of many maximum demanding situations we are facing in modern American lifestyles: surviving a method that devours the lives of the bad, turns a blind eye to the damaging crimes of the rich, and implicates us all.
Praise for The Divide
“Ambitious . . . deeply suggested, hugely compelling . . . most unlikely to place down.”—The ny instances ebook Review
“These are the tales that would maintain you up at evening. . . . The Divide is not only a document from the recent the United States; it truly is advocacy journalism at its finest.”—Los Angeles Times
“Taibbi is a constant investigative reporter. he's taking readers within not just funding banks, hedge cash and the blood game of short-sellers, yet into the lives of the needy, minorities, highway drifters and unlawful immigrants. . . . The Divide is a vital ebook. Its documentation is robust and shocking.”—The Washington Post
“Captivating . . . The Divide enshrines its author’s place as probably the most vital voices in modern American journalism.”—The Independent (UK)
“Taibbi [is] maybe the best reporter on Wall Street’s crimes within the glossy era.”—Salon
From the Hardcover edition.