Book cover of Poverty, by America by Matthew Desmondby Matthew Desmond

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Evicted reimagines the debate on poverty, making a “provocative and compelling” (NPR) argument about why it persists in America: because the rest of us benefit from it.

“Urgent and accessible . . . Its moral force is a gut punch.”—The New Yorker

ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2023: The Washington Post, Time, Esquire, Newsweek, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Elle, Salon, Lit Hub, Kirkus Reviews

The United States, the richest country on earth, has more poverty than any other advanced democracy. Why? Why does this land of plenty allow one in every eight of its children to go without basic necessities, permit scores of its citizens to live and die on the streets, and authorize its corporations to pay poverty wages? 

Interview with the Author

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Matthew Desmond on ‘Poverty, by America’
3/30/23           28 min

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Matthew Desmond on POVERTY, BY AMERICA
3/21/23             55 min

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The Real Cause of Poverty with Matthew Desmond
6/21/23             73 min

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Matthew Desmond On America’s Addiction to Poverty
4/21/23          77 min

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Why America’s Poor Remain Poor, With Matthew Desmond
6/29/23             55 min

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