This book unfolds the last four decades in the United States using stories of people who lived it. They include the rich, the poor, the obscure, the famous, and the stories weave through the America experience in a way that explains where we've been and what has happened. Well-read.
I am not sure there is another book that better captures the feeling of what the changes in America have meant to the Americans who lived through them.
You have to read this book if you care about what is happening to our country.
A compelling fine grained account of the implosion of the American Dream is sabotaged by an inept upbeat and resolutely anodyne performance. What next? Mr. Rogers reads Celine?
Doesn't seem to get to a point. The long descriptions of the characters were presented without context or insight.
this book has been rated so high. I found it to be a rehash of recent economic history that we are all familiar with.
sloppy sloppy journalism. i had high hopes for this book and enjoyed the stories about his 'average americans', but have to question his research skills after his horatio alger, slobbering lap dog, wikipedia puffery on celebs and and notable americans (like oprah and jay-z). at the end of the day his 'unwinding' narrative is all pretty standard stuff about flawed americans who make mistakes and pick themselves back up even when 'the man' keeps knocking them back down. hardly any grand linked narrative about how modern society has failed us. if you are intersted in that i suggest watching david simon's 'the wire' as a much more coherent and more grounded in reality starting point.