Books about poverty problems, causes, interventions



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Poverty 101 is a pdf document you can download on the Center for Public Policy Priorities
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Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Making it in America by Barbara Ehrenreich: A well off author of many books worked at low wage jobs several months, and reports their subsistence culture and tragic working conditions.

The Working Poor: Invisible in America by David K. Shipler is the result of years of interviews of many people in poverty with many insights and why work doesn't work.

American Dream by Jason DeParle, a New York Times reporter who following three women, ten kids, and the programs to end welfare in the late 90's; it is warmly human, insightful, and often tragic.

Disposable America by Louis Uchitelle reports on study of laid off Americans, the trauma it causes in those laid off, and the failure of their cities and states to take constructive action.

Creating an Opportunity Society by Ron Haskins & Isabel Sawhill of Brookings explores values, attitudes, opportunities in the U. S. as of 2009.

Other America: Poverty in the United States by Michael Harrington is the book that awakened John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, and their staff to the problem and meanings of poverty in the U.S.

The State of Working America 2007–2008 by the Economic Policy Institute is full of data and information; useful historical data is in the edition for 2002–2003.

Cold Anger: Faith and Power Politics by Mary Beth Rogers intro by Bill Moyers tells the life and work of Ernesto Cortes and his organizations in several states that effectively fight poverty by empowering people.

Black Like Me by John Henry Griffin: a White reporter medically darkened his skin to report on being Black in the Jim Crow South in the 1960s continues to offer deep insight.

Teaching the New Basic Skills by Richard J. Murnane and Frank Levy. Begins at Zavala Elementary in Austin and shows how many public schools are improving.

Beyond the Classroom by Laurence Steinberg reports careful research of a variety of secondary schools that found causes of public school failures – all outside the schools.

Parental Involvement in Education at the State of Texas children 2008-2009.

Grameen Banking
Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty by Muhammad Yunus

War on Poverty
Launching the War on Poverty: An Oral History by Michael L. Gillette

Reaching for Glory: White House Tapes 1964—1965 by Michael Beschloss

Defensible Space: Crime Prevention Through Urban Design by Oscar Newman

Necessary Evil: History of American Distrust of Government by Gary Wills