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Poverty, by America – Matthew Desmond
Non-fiction / 1st November 2023

Introduction Poverty, by America is the author’s attempt to answer this question: Why is there so much poverty in America? It is a book about poverty that is not just about the poor but also how the other half lives, about how some lives are made small so that others may grow. I would like to know the answer to the author’s question. Author Matthew Desmond is an American sociologist and the Maurice P. During Professor of Sociology at Princeton University, where he is also the principal investigator of the Eviction Lab. Contents Poverty, by America has a prologue, 9 chapter and an epilogue. The chapters are 1) The Kind of Problem Poverty Is 2) Why Haven’t We Made More Progress 3) How We Undercut Workers 4) How We Force the Poor to Pay More 5) How We Rely on Welfare 6) How We Buy Opportunity 7) Invest in Ending Poverty 8) Empower the Poor 9) Tear Down the Walls Review In Poverty, by America, the author discusses the persistent poverty in the United States, despite its abundance. Definitions The technical definition of poverty is that a person is considered “poor” when they cannot afford life’s necessities. However, poverty is more than that. Poverty is…

$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America – Kathryn J. Edin & H. Luke Shaefer
Non-fiction / 8th September 2019

Introduction $2.00 a Day is a book about extreme poverty in United States of America (US). All the stories in this book are from real life people. Author Both authors are working in academia. Kathryn J. Edin is a Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University. She was named a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at John Hopkins University in 2015. H. Luke Shaefer is an Associate Professor of Social Work and Director of Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan. Both of them specializes in the study of welfare system. Content This book contains an introduction, 5 chapters and a conclusion. The first chapter is Welfare Is Dead. It is followed by Perilous Work. The third chapter is A Room of One’s Own. By Any Means Necessary is the fourth chapter. The fifth chapter is A World Apart. The conclusion contains the authors’ recommendations to alleviate the problem of $2-a-day poverty in US. Review How to survive with $2 per day? It is not even enough for a meal in some areas of Malaysia. However, this is a reality that some unfortunate people in the world face. Although we generally think of US as a land of abundance, there…