Tightrope - Americans Reaching for Hope

Author(s): Nicholas D. Kristof; Sheryl WuDunn

Current Affairs

New York Times Best Seller


 


"A deft and uniquely credible exploration of rural America, and of other left-behind pockets of our country. One of the most important books I've read on the state of our disunion."--Tara Westover, author of Educated

With stark poignancy and political dispassion Tightrope addresses the crisis in working-class America while focusing on solutions to mend a half century of governmental failure. Drawing us deep into an "other America," the authors tell this story, in part, through the lives of some of the people with whom Kristof grew up, in rural Yamhill, Oregon. It's an area that prospered for much of the twentieth century but has been devastated in the last few decades as blue-collar jobs disappeared. About a quarter of the children on Kristof's old school bus died in adulthood from drugs, alcohol, suicide, or reckless accidents. While these particular stories unfolded in one corner of the country, they are representative of many places the authors write about, ranging from the Dakotas and Oklahoma to New York and Virginia. With their superb, nuanced reportage, Kristof and WuDunn have given us a book that is both riveting and impossible to ignore.


Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9780525564171
  • : Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • : Vintage Books USA
  • : 0.294835
  • : August 2020
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Nicholas D. Kristof; Sheryl WuDunn
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 320