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In this revolutionary exposé, Harvard Law School bankruptcy expert Elizabeth Warren and financial consultant Amelia Tyagi show that today's middle-class parents are increasingly trapped by financial meltdowns. Astonishingly, sending mothers to work has made families more vulnerable to financial disaster than ever before. Today's two-income family earns 75% more money than its single-income counterpart of a generation ago, but has 25% less discretionary income to cover living costs. This is "the rare financial book that sidesteps accusations of individual wastefulness to focus on institutional changes," raved the Boston Globe.

Warren and Tyagi reveal how the ferocious bidding war for housing and education has silently engulfed America's suburbs, driving up the cost of keeping families in the middle class. The authors show why the usual remedies - child-support enforcement, subsidized daycare, and higher salaries for women - won't solve the problem. But as the Wall Street Journal observed, "The book is brimming with proposed solutions to the nail-biting anxiety that the middle class finds itself in: subsidized day care, school vouchers, new bank regulation, among other measures." From Senator Edward M. Kennedy to Dr. Phil to Bill Moyers, The Two-Income Trap has created a sensation among economists, politicians, and families - all those who care about America's middle-class crisis.

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Read All Your Worth Insteas

The book is very good. It is a bit dated. Their other book, All Your Worth, contains most of the same information in addition to more extensive financial advice. I would recommend that one if you are evaluating their books.

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Good & Relevant Info!

Listened to on audio. Very engaging and still relevant to present times, accounting for the changes in America's borrowing landscape. Authors highlighted relevant research and debunked some financial myths prevalent in society. Highly recommend this book!!!

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Excellent!

Should be required reading for every college student! I'm going to recommend this book to everyone.

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Elizabeth Warren "gets it"

I didn't give five stars because the book was a little dates and because I wish Elizabeth Warren would have done the narration herself. Aside from that this is an excellent book on the rarely discussed plight of the middle class. Many who live one disaster (job loss, medical expense etc. ) from financial ruin.

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Must Read

This book is a must for hard working families trying to make it in today's economy.

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Wanted to like it but couldn’t.

I love Elizabeth Warren but I could only get through a portion of this because of content and the narration. First of all the narration is the worst I’ve heard on audible. I had to double check that this wasn’t a computer generated voice reading the text. The narrator may be more accustomed to doing voice work for automated message system not books. It made it so painful to listen to this book. It’s like someone trying to mimic a robot trying to imitate a human voice. It’s just awful.

Secondly the content is already dated and follows a recipe of giving an example of how something was less expensive and now is more expensive relative to income. That’s as far as in could get.

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vital information

this book is incredibly informative and rich with life changing insight.

thank you for writing this book

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Great research but robotic voice

very thoroughly researched and solid food for thought. but the robotic "text-to-speech" engine voice was a distraction.

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A lengthy way to say a pretty obvious point

I appreciate the idea of this book and I do like how the Warrens address many of the conservative talking points when it comes to why Americans are more in debt now than ever before, but there is just a single, obvious point to make here (no spoilers) - the average American’s wage has stagnated since the 1970’s. An average American worker should be earning about $42,000 more annually than they do currently if the wages would’ve kept up with raise in productivity. Look it up, there are studies done on it. The gains have went to the 1% while the average American has seen their income and job security go down. It’s a hard pill to swallow, but it’s clear - the Americans have been squeezed for all their worth while getting nothing in return and yet they continue to vote in conservative politicians who want to further decrease any social programs in benefit for the corporations and wealthy elites. Wake up, America!

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The book is great, narrator is robotic

This is phenomenal book. Narrator does a fairly good job, but is very robotic most of the time.