Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

“Essential. A compelling and damning exploration of the abuse of one of our basic human rights: shelter.” (Owen Jones). Arleen spends nearly all her money on rent but is kicked out with her kids in Milwaukee’s coldest winter for years. Doreen’s home is so filthy her family call it ‘the rat hole’. Lamar, a wheelchair-bound ex-soldier, tries to work his way out of debt for his boys. Scott, a nurse turned addict, lives in a gutted-out trailer. This is their world. And this is the twenty-first century: where fewer and fewer people can afford a simple roof over their head. From abandoned slums to shelters, eviction courts to ghettoes, Matthew Desmond spent years living with and recording the stories of those struggling to survive – yet who won’t give up. A work of love, care and humanity, Evicted reminds us why, without a home, nothing else is possible. It is one of the most necessary books of our time. “This is an extraordinary and crucial piece of work. Read it. Please, read it”. (Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, author of Random Family). “Sensitive, achingly beautiful”. (Robert D. Putnam, author of Our Kids).

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