By Matt Taibbi
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A scathing portrait of an pressing new American crisis
during the last 20 years, the US has been falling deeper and deeper right into a statistical mystery:
Poverty is going up. Crime is going down. The criminal inhabitants doubles.
Fraud via the wealthy wipes out forty percentage of the world’s wealth. the wealthy get hugely richer. not anyone is going to jail.
looking for an answer, journalist Matt Taibbi chanced on the Divide, the seam in American lifestyles the place our so much troubling trends—growing wealth inequality and mass incarceration—come jointly, pushed via a dramatic shift in American citizenship: Our easy rights are actually made up our minds by way of our wealth or poverty. The Divide is what permits hugely harmful fraud by way of the hyperwealthy to move unpunished, whereas turning poverty itself right into a crime—but it’s most unlikely to work out till you examine those alarming traits facet by way of side.
In The Divide, Matt Taibbi takes readers on a galvanizing trip via either side of our new method of justice—the fun-house-mirror worlds of the untouchably filthy rich and the criminalized negative. He uncovers the startling looting that preceded the monetary cave in; a wild conspiracy of billionaire hedge fund managers to damage an organization via soiled tips; and the tale of a whistleblower who will get within the manner of the most important banks in the USA, merely to discover herself within the crosshairs. at the different aspect of the Divide, Taibbi takes us to front traces of the immigrant dragnet; into the newly punitive welfare method which treats its beneficiaries as thieves; and deep contained in the stop-and-frisk international, the place status in entrance of your house has turn into an arrestable offense. As he narrates those exceptional tales, he attracts out and analyzes their universal resource: a perverse new average of justice, in line with a thorough, nerve-racking 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 process that devours the lives of the negative, turns a blind eye to the damaging crimes of the rich, and implicates us all.
Praise for The Divide
“Ambitious . . . deeply pronounced, hugely compelling . . . most unlikely to place down.”—The long island instances publication Review
“These are the tales that may continue you up at evening. . . . The Divide isn't just a file from the hot the United States; it truly is advocacy journalism at its finest.”—Los Angeles Times
“Taibbi is a continuing investigative reporter. he's taking readers within not just funding banks, hedge money and the blood game of short-sellers, yet into the lives of the needy, minorities, road drifters and unlawful immigrants. . . . The Divide is a crucial ebook. Its documentation is strong and shocking.”—The Washington Post
“Captivating . . . The Divide enshrines its author’s place as some of the most very important voices in modern American journalism.”—The Independent (UK)
“Taibbi [is] probably the best reporter on Wall Street’s crimes within the glossy era.”—Salon
From the Hardcover edition.