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Fair Shot

Fair Shot

St. Martin’s Press
Hardcover
224 pages • $19.99
ISBN: 9781250196590
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Rethinking Inequality And How
We Earn

Chris Hughes

Fair Shot is a provocative, experientially grounded contribution to the debate around a once-outlandish idea that if it hasn’t found its time yet is at least having a moment.”

—Stephen Phillips, San Francisco Chronicle

Chris Hughes grew up in a small town in North Carolina. His parents were people of modest means, but he was accepted into an elite boarding school and then Harvard, both on scholarship. There, he met Mark Zuckerberg and Dustin Moskovitz and became one of the co-founders of Facebook. In telling his story, Hughes demonstrates the powerful role fortune and luck play in today’s economy. Through the rocket ship rise of Facebook, Hughes came to understand how a select few can become ultra-wealthy nearly overnight. He believes the same forces that made Facebook possible have made it harder for everyone else in America to make ends meet. To help people who are struggling, Hughes proposes a simple, bold solution: a guaranteed income for working people, including unpaid caregivers and students, paid for by the one percent. The way Hughes sees it, a guaranteed income is the most powerful tool we have to combat poverty and stabilize America’s middle class. Money—cold hard cash with no strings attached—gives people freedom, dignity, and the ability to climb the economic ladder. This book, grounded in Hughes’s personal experience, will start a frank conversation about how we earn in modern America, how we can combat income inequality, and ultimately, how we can give everyone a fair shot.

Chris Hughes

© Lisa Berg

Chris Hughes is the co-founder of the Economic Security Project, a network of policymakers, academics, and technologists working to end poverty and rebuild the middle class through a guaranteed income. He co-founded Facebook as a student at Harvard and later led Barack Obama’s digital organizing campaign for President. Hughes was the owner and publisher of The New Republic magazine from 2012 to 2016. He lives in New York’s Greenwich Village with his family.

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Gigged

Gigged

St. Martin’s Press
Hardcover
304 pages • $25.99
ISBN: 9781250097897
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Paperback available in June 2019

The End of the Job and the Future of Work

Sarah Kessler

“Kessler’s timely book explores the personal, corporate and societal stories behind a massive tech-driven shift away from permanent office-based employment . . . Perhaps the most revealing parts of the book are the stories of real workers in the gig economy.”

Financial Times

One in three American workers is now a freelancer. This “gig economy”—one that provides neither the guarantee of steady hours nor benefits—emerged out of the digital era and has revolutionized the way we do business. High-profile tech start-ups such as Uber and Airbnb are constantly making headlines for the disruption they cause to the industries they overturn. But what are the effects of this disruption, from Wall Street down to Main Street? What challenges do employees and job-seekers face at every level of professional experience? Gigged offers deeply-sourced, up-close-and-personal accounts of our new economy. From the computer programmer who chooses exactly which hours he works each week, to the Uber driver who starts a union, to the charity worker who believes freelance gigs might just transform a declining rural town, Sarah Kessler follows a wide range of individuals from across the country to provide a nuanced look at how the gig economy is playing out in real-time. Kessler wades through the hype and hyperbole to tackle the big questions: What does the future of work look like? Will the millennial generation do as well as their parents? How can we all find meaningful, well-paid work?

Sarah Kessler

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Sarah Kessler is a reporter at Quartz, where she writes about the future of work. Before joining Quartz in 2016, she covered the gig economy as a senior writer at Fast Company and managed startup coverage at Mashable. Her reporting has been cited by The Washington Post, New York magazine, and NPR.

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Nickel and Dimed

Nickel and Dimed

Picador
Paperback
256 pages • $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-312-62668-6

On (Not) Getting By in America

Barbara Ehrenreich

The Tenth Anniversary Edition Featuring a New Afterword by the Author

Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize

“A valuable and illuminating book . . . [Ehrenreich] is our premier reporter of the underside of capitalism.”—The New York Times Book Review

Millions of Americans work for poverty-level wages, and one day, Barbara Ehrenreich decided to join them. She was inspired, in part, by the rhetoric surrounding welfare reform, which promised that any job equals a better life. But how can anyone survive, let alone prosper, on $6 to $7 an hour?

Ehrenreich reveals low-wage America in all its tenacity, anxiety, and surprising generosity. Instantly acclaimed for its insight, humor, and passion. Nickel and Dimed has become an essential part of the nation’s political discourse. “This book is thoroughly enjoyable, written with an affable. up-your-nose brio throughout. Ehrenreich is a superb and relaxed stylist, and she has a tremendous sense of rueful humor, especially when it comes to the evils of middle-management, absentee ownership, and all the little self-consecrating bourgeois touches gracing the homes she sterilizes, inch-by-square-inch, as a maid in Maine.”—Stephen Metcalf, Los Angeles Times

Barbara Ehrenreich © Sigrid Estrada

© Sigrid Estrada

Barbara Ehrenreich is the bestselling author of twenty books, including Nickel and Dimed, Bait and Switch, Bright-sided, This Land Is Their Land, Dancing in the Streets and Blood Rites. A frequent contributor to Harper’s and The Nation, she has also been a columnist at The New York Times and Time magazine.

Nickel and Dimed has been adopted for more than one hundred First-Year Experience programs:

Adelphi University (NY); Appalachian State University (NC); Ashland University (OH); Ball State University (IN); Baruch College (NY); Boston University; Bridgewater State University (MA); Bryant University (RI); California State University, Bakersfield; California State University, Northridge; Central Methodist College (MO); Chardon High School (OH); Clark University (MA); Coe College (MA); Colgate University (NY); College of New Jersey; Colorado College; Corning Community College (NY); Duquesne University (PA); Eastern Kentucky University; Eastern Michigan University; Elon University (NC); Fairfield University (CT); Florida Atlantic University; Francis Marion University (SC); Hamline University (MN); Illinois College; Illinois Wesleyan University; Indiana State University; Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Indiana University, South Bend; Ivy Tech Community College (IN); Ivy Tech Community College, Bloomington (IN); Lehigh University (PA); LeMoyne College (NY); Lincoln University (MO); Lone Star College-CyFair (TX); Loyola Marymount University (CA); Loyola University (LA); Madonna University (MI); Madonna University (MI); Mansfield University (PA); Miami University at Ohio; Montana State University, Bozeman; Montgomery College (MD); Mount Holyoke College (MA); Mount Union College (OH); Mountain View College; Mt. Saint Mary College (NY); Murray State University (KY); Nazareth College (NY); New Mexico State University; Niagara University (NY); North Idaho College; Northern Arizona University; Northern Kentucky University; Oakland University (MI); Ohio Northern University; Ohio State University; Ohio University; Ohio Wesleyan University; Pennsylvania State University, Hazleton; Pennsylvania State University, New Kensington; Pennsylvania State University, Schuylkill; Rockhurst University (MO); Rollins College (FL); Rutgers University (NJ); Saint Francis University (PA); San Diego State University; San Jose State University; Seton Hall University (NJ); Seton Hill University (PA); Siena College (NY); Slippery Rock University (PA); Smith College (MA); Southern Methodist University (TX); Southern Oregon University; Springfield College (MA); State Fair Community College (MO); SUNY, Brockport; SUNY, Buffalo; SUNY, Geneseo; SUNY, LaGuardia Community College; Texas Lutheran University; The Taft School (CT); University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; University of Massachusetts, Lowell; University of Missouri, Columbia; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; University of Saint Joseph (CT); University of South Carolina, Upstate; University of Southern Mississippi; University of Tampa; University of Toledo; University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire; University of Wisconsin, Marathon County; University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point; Virginia Commonwealth University; Washburn University (KS); Western New England College (MA); Whittier College (CA); Williams College (MA); Windward Community College (HI); Wright State University (OH) York College of Pennsylvania; York County Community College

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What Money Can’t Buy

What Money Can't Buy

Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Paperback
256 pages • $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-374-53365-6

The Moral Limits of Markets

Michael J. Sandel

“Sandel is just the right person to get to the bottom of the tangle of moral damage that is being done by markets to our values.”—Jeremy Waldron, The New York Review Review of Books

Should we allow corporations to pay for the right to pollute the atmosphere?

Is it ethical to pay people to test risky new drugs or to donate their organs?

What about hiring mercenaries to fight our wars? Auctioning admission to elite universities?

Selling citizenship to immigrants willing to pay?

In What Money Can’t Buy, Michael J. Sandel—“the world’s most relevant living philosopher” (Newsweek)—takes on one of the biggest ethical questions of our time: Is there something wrong with a world in which everything is for sale? If so, how can we prevent market values from reaching into spheres of life where they don’t belong? What are the moral limits of markets? In recent decades, market values have crowded out nonmarket norms in almost every aspect of life—medicine, education, government, law, art, sports, even family life and personal relationships. Without quite realizing it, Sandel argues, we have drifted from having a market economy to being a market society. “There is no more fundamental question we face than how to best preserve the common good and build strong communities that benefit everyone. Sandel’s book is an excellent starting place for that dialogue.”—Kevin J. Hamilton, The Seattle Times

Michael J. Sandel © Kiku Adatto

© Kiku Adatto

Michael J. Sandel is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard University. His work has been the subject of television series on PBS and the BBC.

What Money Can’t Buy has been adopted for First-Year Experience programs at:

Skidmore College (NY); University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; University of Texas at Austin

Class Matters

Class Matters

Times Books
Paperback
288 pages • $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8050-8055-1

Correspondents of The New York Times

Introduction by Bill Keller

Class Matters collects all fourteen articles from the highly acclaimed New York Times series.

“It is gratifying to find that, obversely, many deadline-stressed journalists have within them a research scholar wishing to get out, one who carries out that sustained, academic research that is impossible under the pressure of daily assignments . . . Class Matters is just such a journalist-led research effort, the culmination of an extraordinary decision by The New York Times to carry out a year-long research project on social class, based on a commissioned survey as well as much ethnographic legwork. The resulting book (14 chapters written by 13 reporters and editors) includes topics intended to demonstrate the complex and changing ways in which ‘class matters’ for health, family relations, consumption and lifestyle, educational decisions, and much more. The authors often draw smartly on the survey commissioned for the project . . . Class Matters puts the brute facts of inequality before us in a compelling, discomforting way. In a world where inequality is everywhere, we become necessarily inured to it, and Class Matters works admirably to make us see it again freshly and feel it again deeply. We all know that the world is massively unequal, but the force of the known is lost on us as we live with it on a daily basis . . . Does Class Matters outperform the standard scholarly journal article in this regard? Indisputably. Does there come a time when the exalted scientific method is beside the point and high-quality journalism is the order of the day? Absolutely. In this important sense, Class Matters is a resounding success, and the New York Times is to be commended for making it happen.”—David B. Grucky, Contexts

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A team of New York Times reporters spent more than a year exploring ways that class—defined as a combination of income, education, wealth and occupation—influences destiny in a society that likes to think of itself as a land of unbounded opportunity.

That team comprises: Anthony DePalma, Timothy Egan, Geraldine Fabrikant, Laurie Goodstein, David Cay Johnston, Peter T. Kilborn, David D. Kirkpatrick, David Leonhardt, Tamar Lewin, Charles McGrath, Janny Scott, Jennifer Steinhauer, and Isabel Wilkerson.

Bill Keller was the executive editor of The New York Times from July 2003-September 2011 and continues to write for the paper.

Class Matters has been adopted for First-Year Experience programs at:

Bowdoin College (ME); Bryn Mawr College (PA); Lehigh University (PA); Pace University (NY); University of Massachusetts, Lowell; Western Illinois University