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|Description:||xxxi, 579 pages ; 21 cm|
|Contents:||Prologue : The challenge from within --
Power shift. The business rebellion: the power shift that changed American history ; The pivotal Congress: Jimmy Carter and 1977-78 Democrats ; Middle-class power: how citizen action worked before the power shift ; Middle-class prosperity: how "the virtuous circle" worked before the new economy --
Dismantling the dream. The new economy of the 1990s: the wedge economics that split America ; The stolen dream: from middle-class to the new poor ; The great burden shift: funding your own safety net, crippled by debt ; The wealth gap: the economics "of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1%" --
Unequal democracy. The new 2000s power game: why Congress often ignores public opinion ; The Washington-Wall Street symbiosis: the inside track of "the money monopoly" --
Middle-class squeeze. Broken promises: bankrupting middle-class pensions ; 401(K)'s: do-it-yourself : can you really afford to retire? ; Housing heist: prime targets: the solid middle class ; The great wealth shift: how the banks eroded middle-class savings ; Offshoring the dream: the Wal-Mart trail to China ; Hollowing out high-end jobs: IBM: shifting the knowledge economy to India ; The skills gap myth: importing IT workers costs masses of U.S. jobs --
Obstacles to a fix. The missing middle: how gridlock adds to the wealth gap ; The rise of the radical right, 1964-2010: assault on the middle-class safety net ; The high cost of imperial overstretch: how the U.S. global footprint hurts the middle class --
Challenge and response. Reclaiming the dream: a domestic Marshall plan: a ten-step strategy ; Politics: a grassroots response: reviving the moderate center and middle-class power --
Appendix. Stolen dream timeline: key events, trends, and turning points, 1948-2012.
- United States -- Politics and government -- 1945-1989.
- United States -- Politics and government -- 1989-
- Political culture -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
- Political culture -- United States -- History -- 21st century.
- Polarization (Social sciences) -- United States.
- Middle class -- United States -- Economic conditions.
- Middle class -- Political activity -- United States.
- Public interest -- United States.
- Income distribution -- United States.
- Divided government -- United States.
- Divided government.
- Income distribution.
- Middle class -- Economic conditions.
- Middle class -- Political activity.
- Polarization (Social sciences)
- Political culture.
- Politics and government
- Public interest.
- United States.