Praise for Who Stole the American Dream?
“Sweeping in scope … [Smith] posits some steps that could alleviate the problems of the United States.”—USA Today
“Smith enlivens his narrative with portraits of the people caught up in events, humanizing complex subjects often rendered sterile in economic analysis … the human face of the story is inseparable from the history.”—Reuters
WHO STOLE THE AMERICAN DREAM breaks deliberately with economists’ conventional explanation for the demise of America's middle class - namely, that it is the victim of impersonal market forces of globalization and advancing technologies. This analysis is a misleading half truth. It ignores other causes for the gaping economic inequalities and starkly unequal democracy in American today.
Hedrick Smith, Pulitzer Prize-winning former New York Times reporter and editor and Emmy award-winning producer/correspondent, has established himself over the past 50 years of his career as one of America’s most distinguished journalists. In 26 years with The New York Times, Mr. Smith was a member of the Pulitzer Prize-winning team that produced the Pentagon Papers series. In 1974, he won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting from Russia and Eastern Europe. His book The Russians, based on his years as New York Times Moscow Bureau Chief from 1971-74, was a No. 1 American best-seller. All five of his books have been best-sellers, including his current book “Who Stole the American Dream?” His book “The Power Game: How Washington Works” becamne such a classic that President Clinton kept it on his bedside table and many other Wahsington politicians used it as their handbook For PBS since 1989, Hedrick Smith has created 26 prime-time specials and mini-series on such varied topics as “Inside the Terror Network,” “Is Wal-Mart Good for America?” “The People and the Power Game,” “Inside Gorbachev;s USSR,” and “Duke Ellington’s Washington.” He has won most of television;’s top awards including two Emmys, two public service awards froM Signma Celta Chi, and two Dupont-Columbia Gold batons awarded for the best public affairs program on American television in 1991 and in 2002.
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