A People's History of the Great Recession

A People's History of the Great Recession

Every book about the economic crisis of the late 2000s focuses on the institutions that caused the recession and the brilliant geniuses who were at the top when it all went down. This book is about the people on the bottom who got flattened through no fault of their own. Their stories show what happens when the system doesn't work. Now our political leaders are in the middle of a big debate about how much the nation should spend on social programs that help people. This book asks the question a different way: How much indignity should regular folks have to suffer?

For the past two years, Huffington Post reporter Arthur Delaney has written about the economic crisis, interviewing and emailing with hundreds and hundreds of people who didn't understand where they went wrong. This book is about them.