By Matt Taibbi
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A scathing portrait of an pressing new American crisis
during the last twenty years, the US has been falling deeper and deeper right into a statistical mystery:
Poverty is going up. Crime is going down. The legal inhabitants doubles.
Fraud by way of 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 existence the place our such a lot troubling trends—growing wealth inequality and mass incarceration—come jointly, pushed by means of a dramatic shift in American citizenship: Our easy rights at the moment are decided by means of our wealth or poverty. The Divide is what permits vastly harmful fraud via the hyperwealthy to move unpunished, whereas turning poverty itself right into a crime—but it’s most unlikely to work out until eventually you examine those alarming traits facet by way of side.
In The Divide, Matt Taibbi takes readers on a galvanizing trip via each side of our new approach of justice—the fun-house-mirror worlds of the untouchably filthy rich and the criminalized bad. He uncovers the startling looting that preceded the monetary cave in; a wild conspiracy of billionaire hedge fund managers to spoil an organization via soiled tips; and the tale of a whistleblower who will get within the means of the biggest banks in the US, merely to discover herself within the crosshairs. at the different part of the Divide, Taibbi takes us to front strains of the immigrant dragnet; into the newly punitive welfare process 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 great tales, he attracts out and analyzes their universal resource: a perverse new commonplace of justice, in accordance 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 standard humans stuck within the Divide’s punishing good judgment, Taibbi lays naked one of many maximum demanding situations we are facing in modern American existence: surviving a process 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 pronounced, hugely compelling . . . most unlikely to place down.”—The big apple occasions publication Review
“These are the tales that would preserve you up at evening. . . . The Divide is not only a record from the hot the United States; it truly is advocacy journalism at its finest.”—Los Angeles Times
“Taibbi is a constant investigative reporter. he is taking readers inside of not just funding banks, hedge money and the blood activity of short-sellers, yet into the lives of the needy, minorities, highway drifters and unlawful immigrants. . . . The Divide is a crucial ebook. Its documentation is robust 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] might be the best reporter on Wall Street’s crimes within the glossy era.”—Salon
From the Hardcover edition.