This Land Is Their Land

This Land Is Their Land

Reports From A Divided Nation

Book - 2008
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America in the 'aughts--hilariously skewered, brilliantly dissected, and darkly diagnosed by the bestselling social critic hailed as "the soul mate"* of Jonathan Swift

Barbara Ehrenreich's first book of satirical commentary, The Worst Years of Our Lives , about the Reagan era, was received with bestselling acclaim. The one problem was the title: couldn't some prophetic fact-checker have seen that the worst years of our lives--far worse--were still to come? Here they are, the 2000s, and in This Land Is Their Land , Ehrenreich subjects them to the most biting and incisive satire of her career.

Taking the measure of what we are left with after the cruelest decade in memory, Ehrenreich finds lurid extremes all around. While members of the moneyed elite can buy congressmen, many in the working class can barely buy lunch. While a wealthy minority obsessively consumes cosmetic surgery, the poor often go without health care for their children. And while the corporate C-suites are now nests of criminality, the less fortunate are fed a diet of morality, marriage, and abstinence. Ehrenreich's antidotes are as sardonic as they are spot-on: pet insurance for your kids; Salvation Army fashions for those who can no longer afford Wal-Mart; and boundless rage against those who have given us a nation scarred by deepening inequality, corroded by distrust, and shamed by its official cruelty.

Full of wit and generosity, these reports from a divided nation show once again that Ehrenreich is, as Molly Ivins said, "good for the soul."

-- * The Times (London)
Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books, 2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780805088403
Call Number: 973.93 EHRENREICH
Characteristics: p. ; cm.
Subjects: United States -- Social conditions.
Social problems -- United States.


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Nov 08, 2014

StarGladiator: Well, you definitely have the haughtiness and conceit all dialed in. However, your comment does little to reveal a mind that is even adequately equipped to weigh in on these matters--particularly in a fashion as pompous as yours!

So I can definitely continue in your assessment that " the comment below mine is so patently simple minded and simpleton in nature." Funny how that works, isn't it!

Apr 29, 2013

Ms. Ehrenreich is not my favorite author or socioeconomic commentator, if she is even on my list, as she simply doesn't have the depth of knowledge and background to explain why the comment below mine is so patently simple minded and simpleton in nature: the super-rich control the creation of money, through their banks, and shadow banking and enormous global financial fraud without end. We are not all alike; as most people really aren't psychopathic greed mongers, but mentally healthy people seeking knowledge, beauty and pleasure, healthy pursuits not known among the ultra-rich and their cohort. The sociopathic urge to own everything, to control everything, and the colossal wealth which has enabled them to infantilize such a large portion of the population through TV, movies and entertainment in general, sets them far below the rest of us on the moral continuum.

PrimaGigi Apr 08, 2012

All people of a higher tax bracket are evil. They all exhort and overwork the people dumb enough to need money from them for bills and to survive. Yet, with no real evidence of why exactly there are such class disparities and just simple bitching about how the rich are so obviously all evil, nouveau riche, super-rich, gauche and just darn odd. I found this book another reason for those with money to think that those without money are simple all willing to live on the hand-outs given to us from them. These stereotypes from both sides are dangerous and will continually keep us from realizing that we are all the same, its just the nonsense bent on material and monetary needs that keep us apart.


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