An important book about the ways that both liberals and conservatives (falsely) idolize the past. Levin argues that because of this attachment to the past, our politics tries in vain to recapture a history that's gone forever.
William Julius Wilson | University of Chicago Press, 1990 | Book
Wilson, a brilliant sociologist, chronicles the ways that difficult job markets affect struggling communities in the inner-city. While the subject of the book is black Americans living in urban centers of poverty, the arguments of the book apply to many groups in the contemporary United States.
Through a number of studies, Chetty and his coauthors have done admirable work in understanding the contributors to economic mobility in the country, the geographic distribution of opportunity, and how the country might give poor children more chances.
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