By Matt Taibbi, Molly Crabapple
A scathing portrait of an pressing new American crisis
Over the final twenty years, the US has been falling deeper and deeper right into a statistical mystery:
Poverty is going up. Crime is going down. The criminal inhabitants doubles.
Fraud by means of the wealthy wipes out forty percentage of the world's wealth. the wealthy get hugely richer. nobody is going to jail.
In seek of an answer, journalist Matt Taibbi came across the Divide, the seam in American existence the place our such a lot troubling trends—growing wealth inequality and mass incarceration—come jointly, pushed by means of a dramatic shift in American citizenship: Our simple rights are actually made up our minds through our wealth or poverty. The Divide is what permits vastly damaging fraud via the hyperwealthy to move unpunished, whereas turning poverty itself right into a crime—but it's most unlikely to work out till you examine those alarming developments aspect by means of side.
In The Divide, Matt Taibbi takes readers on a galvanizing trip via each side of our new method of justice—the fun-house-mirror worlds of the untouchably filthy rich and the criminalized terrible. He uncovers the startling looting that preceded the monetary cave in; a wild conspiracy of billionaire hedge fund managers to break a firm via soiled methods; and the tale of a whistleblower who will get within the approach of the biggest banks in the USA, merely to discover herself within the crosshairs. at the different part of the Divide, Taibbi takes us to front strains of the immigrant dragnet; into the newly punitive welfare process which treats its beneficiaries as thieves; and deep contained in the stop-and-frisk international, the place status in entrance of your home has turn into an arrestable offense. As he narrates those extraordinary tales, he attracts out and analyzes their universal resource: a perverse new regular of justice, in accordance with an intensive, tense new imaginative and prescient of civil rights.
Through astonishing—and enraging—accounts of the high-stakes capers of the rich and nightmare tales of standard humans stuck within the Divide's punishing good judgment, Taibbi lays naked one of many maximum demanding situations we are facing in modern American lifestyles: surviving a approach that devours the lives of the terrible, turns a blind eye to the damaging crimes of the rich, and implicates us all.
“These are the tales that may maintain you up at evening. . . . The Divide is not only a document from the hot the US; it's advocacy journalism at its finest.” —Los Angeles Times