The Trap|Daniel Brook
The Trap : Selling Out to Stay Afloat in Winner-Take-All America
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Takes dead aim at the conservative economic consensus that has dominated U.S. politics . . . Biting and necessary.--The American Prospect

In this witty and revealing polemic, journalist Daniel Brook's The Trap argues that the exploding income gap--a product of the conservative ascendance--is systematically dismantling the American dream, as debt-laden, well-educated young people are torn between their passions and the pressure to earn six-figure incomes.

Rising education, housing, and health-care costs have made it virtually impossible for all but the corporate elite to enjoy what were once considered middle-class comforts. Thousands are afflicted with a wrenching choice: take up residence on America's financial and social margins or sell out. From the activist who works to give others a living wage but isn't paid one himself, to the universal health-care advocate who becomes a management consultant for Big Pharma, Brook presents a damning indictment of the economic and political landscape that traps young Americans.


  • ISBN-13: 9780805088014
  • ISBN-10: 0805088016
  • Publisher: Holt McDougal
  • Publish Date: April 2008
  • Dimensions: 8 x 4.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.7 pounds
  • Page Count: 288