The Working Poor: Invisible in America

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The Working Poor: Invisible in America is a 2004 book written by Pulitzer Prize-winner David K. Shipler. From personal interviews and research, Shipler presents in this book anecdotes and life stories of individuals considered the working poor.[1] Using their lives as examples, he illustrates the struggles the working poor face while attempting to escape poverty. Throughout the book, the author describes numerous economic issues preventing the working poor from escaping poverty.

The New York Times review stated, "Mr. Shipler avoids saying anything too controversial and as a result his book seems unlikely to change minds on either the left or the right. ... Nonetheless, by exposing the wretched condition of these invisible Americans, he has performed a noble and badly needed service."[1] The San Francisco Chronicle reviewer wrote, "Shipler is informative, sometimes outraged, and often eloquent in rendering the working poor visible", but also noted that "the author appears to hope for good will from above, within the system, to carry out his suggestions."[2]


  1. ^ a b Michael, Massing (February 18, 2004). "Books Of The Times; Take This Job and Be Thankful (for $6.80 an Hour)". The New York Times. Archived from the original on February 21, 2018. Retrieved May 15, 2011. 
  2. ^ Glass, Fred (March 7, 2004). "Stuck at the bottom: There is no easy answer for the working poor". San Francisco Chronicle. Archived from the original on May 4, 2005. Retrieved May 15, 2011.