The Riches of This Land: The Untold, True Story of America's Middle Class

October 31, 2020
The Riches of This Land: The Untold, True Story of America's Middle Class

Vivid character-driven narrative, fused with importantnew economic and political reporting and research, that busts themyths about middle class decline and points the way to itsrevival.For over a decade, Jim Tankersley has been on a journey tounderstand what the hell happened to the world's greatestmiddle-class success story -- the post-World-War-II boom that fadedinto decades of stagnation and frustration for American workers. InThe Riches of This Land, Tankersley fuses the story of forgottenAmericans-- struggling women and men who he met on his journey intothe travails of the middle class-- with important new economic andpolitical research, providing fresh understanding how to create amore widespread prosperity. He begins by unraveling the realmystery of the American economy since the 1970s - not where did thejobs go, but why haven't new and better ones been created toreplace them.His analysis begins with the revelation that women andminorities played a far more crucial role in building the post-warmiddle class than today's politicians typically acknowledge, andpolicies that have done nothing to address the structural shifts ofthe American economy have enabled a privileged few to capturenearly all the benefits of America's growing prosperity. Meanwhile,the "angry white men of Ohio" have been sold by Trump and his ilk atheory of the economy that is dangerously backward, one that pitsthem against immigrants, minorities, and women who should be theirallies.At the culmination of his journey, Tankersley lays out specificpolicy prescriptions and social undertakings that can begin movingthe needle in the effort to make new and better jobs appear. Byfostering an economy that opens new pathways for all workers toreach their full potential -- men and women, immigrant ornative-born, regardless of race -- America can once again restorethe upward flow of talent that can power growth and prosperity.