Broke, Usa: From Pawnshops to Poverty, Inc.—How the Working Poor Became Big Business

by Gary Rivlin

HarperCollins | June 7, 2011 | Trade Paperback

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From the author of the New York Times Notable Book of the Year Drive By comes a unique and riveting exploration of one of America’s largest and fastest-growing industries—the business of poverty. Broke, USA is a Fast Food Nation for the “poverty industry” that will also appeal to readers of Barbara Ehrenreich (Nickel and Dimed) and David Shipler (The Working Poor).

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 368 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.83 in

Published: June 7, 2011

Publisher: HarperCollins

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061733202

ISBN - 13: 9780061733208

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Broke, Usa: From Pawnshops to Poverty, Inc.—How the Working Poor Became Big Business

Broke, Usa: From Pawnshops to Poverty, Inc.—How the Working Poor Became Big Business

by Gary Rivlin

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 368 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.83 in

Published: June 7, 2011

Publisher: HarperCollins

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061733202

ISBN - 13: 9780061733208

About the Book

For most people, the Great Crash of 2008 has meant troubling times. Not so for those in the flourishing poverty industry. These mercenary entrepreneurs have taken advantage of an era of deregulation to devise high-priced products to sell to the credit-hungry working poor, including the instant tax refund and the payday loan. In the process they've created an industry larger than the casino business and have proved that pawnbrokers and check cashers, if they dream big enough, can grow very rich off those with thin wallets.

"Broke, USA" is Gary Rivlin's riveting report from the economic fringes. Timely, shocking, and powerful, it offers a much-needed look at why our country is in a financial mess and gives a voice to the millions of ordinary Americans left devastated in the wake of the economic collapse.

From the Publisher

From the author of the New York Times Notable Book of the Year Drive By comes a unique and riveting exploration of one of America’s largest and fastest-growing industries—the business of poverty. Broke, USA is a Fast Food Nation for the “poverty industry” that will also appeal to readers of Barbara Ehrenreich (Nickel and Dimed) and David Shipler (The Working Poor).

From the Jacket

For most people, the Great Crash of 2008 has meant troubling times. Not so for those in the flourishing poverty industry. These mercenary entrepreneurs have taken advantage of an era of deregulation to devise high-priced products to sell to the credit-hungry working poor, including the instant tax refund and the payday loan. In the process they've created an industry larger than the casino business and have proved that pawnbrokers and check cashers, if they dream big enough, can grow very rich off those with thin wallets.

Broke, USA is Gary Rivlin's riveting report from the economic fringes. Timely, shocking, and powerful, it offers a much-needed look at why our country is in a financial mess and gives a voice to the millions of ordinary Americans left devastated in the wake of the economic collapse.

About the Author

Gary Rivlin is the author ofFire on the Prairie,Drive By(aNew York TimesNotable Book of the Year), andThe Plot to Get Bill Gates. A two-time Gerald Loeb Award winner, he has been a reporter for theNew York Times,Chicago Reader, and other publications, and his articles have appeared in theNew York Times Magazine,Newsweek,Wired, and elsewhere.

Editorial Reviews

Broke USA will leave you mad as hell. Thanks, Gary Rivlin, for introducing us to folks like Bill Brennan, who early on saw it coming: the predatory lending that has destroyed communities. If only we had listened.”