Dream Hoarders: How the American Upper Middle Class Is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust, Why That Is a Problem, and What to Do about (Revised)


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Brookings Institution Press
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5.9 X 0.6 X 8.9 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author

Richard V. Reeves is a senior fellow in Economic Studies and co-director of the Center on Children and Families at the Brookings Institution.


Reading Richard Reeves on social mobility is like going for a good walk: he is bracing, head clearing, and ultimately inspiring. With rigor and wit, his new book shows how millions of successful, hardworking Americans, often with the best of intentions, have helped build a society where birth matters more than brilliance. Impassioned, data-driven, and focused on practical solutions, Dream Hoarders is a fine cure for an age of stale, cynical politics.--David Rennie, The Economist
Warning: Reeves's book will challenge some of your assumptions, no matter what your views are. And he shows how innocent or even admirable actions in particular spheres can reinforce existing hierarchies. Dream Hoarders will shake you up, teach you a lot, and make you think much harder.--E.J. Dionne Jr., Author of Why the Right Went Wrong and Our Divided Political Heart
Richard Reeves has long been one of the most authoritative, insightful, and sage voices on the big questions gripping modern societies. Here he tackles one of the most urgent--inequality and how to solve it--and comes up with serious answers. --Jonathan Freedland, The Guardian

In the 2016 presidential campaign, Bernie Sanders claimed "the system is rigged." Brookings Institution fellow Richard Reeves doesn't disagree with that statement, though he takes issue with where the rigging occurs. For Reeves, it's not the top 1 percent but rather the rest of the top quintile--his "upper middle class"--that has garnered the lion's share of the income gains and has worked hard to protect its position in society. Recommended.--CHOICE

An important new perspective on equality and mobility from one of America's best-informed and most articulate commentators on that topic. Reeves provocatively turns the current policy debate upside down--not "how do we increase upward mobility?" but "how do we increase downward mobility?" Certain to enliven dinner party conversations among America's upper-middle class elite--so if you are in that group, this book is a must-read.--Robert D. Putnam, Harvard University, author of Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis
Recently, scholars and social activists have set off alarm bells about the rising concentration of income among the top 1 percent. Richard Reeves urges us to turn our attention to a wider slice of affluent Americans--the top fifth--and the result is a devastating empirical portrait of damage done to "the bottom eighty." This captivating and stirring book is likely to make many of its readers uncomfortable.--Janet C. Gornick, Professor of Political Science and Sociology, Graduate Center, City University of New York, and Director, Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality
We have met the enemy, and he is us: we who were smart enough to pick the right parents and now occupy the high ground in post-industrial America. Richard Reeves and I differ on specifics, but Dream Hoarders rightly gets to the heart of things: if we treasure America's traditional civic culture and want to see it preserved for future generations, the upper middle class has to recognize how much responsibility it bears for the culture's plight and act accordingly. He makes that case brilliantly.--Charles Murray, American Enterprise Institute
Reeves's argument is seductive because it starts with some understated truths.--The New Republic
Richard Reeves's new book offers a trenchant diagnosis of the economic disparities that separate upper-middle-class Americans from those in the working class.--The National Review

For decades, economists have worried about the western "poverty trap". But as Reeves shows, the "wealth trap" is every bit as sticky. It is harder to fall out of wealth in the US than it is in almost any other western democracy, Britain included.--FInancial Times