Thursday, March 24, 2016

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

Instability. Matthew Desmond lived among the poor in Milwaukee as an ethnographer during 2008 and 2009. His book, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, presents his observations about families and landlords from that time. By presenting the stories about people and their struggles, his puts a face on poverty that most readers will find disturbing. The frequency of eviction leads to great instability, and the cycle seems unrelenting. Desmond’s writing is powerful, and he draws readers into the decisions made by people in a context of multiple bad alternatives. Desmond also presents the perspective of landlords in a nonjudgmental way. Any reader with compassion for the poor or with an interest un public policy must read this book. Rating: Five-star (I love it) Click here to purchase Evicted from

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