Ours Was the Shining Future: The Story of the American Dream

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Random House
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6.3 X 9.3 X 1.5 inches | 1.8 pounds

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About the Author
David Leonhardt is a senior writer at The New York Times, where he writes its flagship newsletter, "The Morning." He has also been the newspaper's Washington bureau chief, an op-ed columnist, a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine, and the founding editor of "The Upshot." He has won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary. This is his first book.
"In recent years, the poison of despair has spread through our body politic. David Leonhardt's sweeping tale of grassroots leaders who changed America offers an antidote. America can change, because America did change. This book is an anti-funk tonic that will inspire you to stop shaking your fists and start rolling up your sleeves."--Anand Giridharadas, author of The Persuaders

"With the even-handed incisiveness that has made him one of the country's most-respected voices on economics, David Leonhardt illuminates the inside history of the players and missteps that have stolen so many Americans' futures. Ours Was the Shining Future is both a cause for outrage and a plea for hope."--Jane Mayer, author of Dark Money

"In a fearless, trenchant diagnosis, David Leonhardt shows how Republicans and Democrats alike are complicit in the decline of the American dream. This important book shows how a renewed commitment to public investment, collective bargaining, sensible immigration policies, and civic activism can invigorate our economy and rejuvenate our democracy."--Michael J. Sandel, author of Democracy's Discontent

"David Leonhardt's engaging narrative illuminates the complex social, economic, and political forces that have made the American dream seem a mirage, even as he charts a possible way out. This is necessary reading."--Drew Gilpin Faust, Arthur Kingsley Porter University Professor and President Emerita, Harvard University

"In this insightful and thought-provoking book, David Leonhardt examines the most important social issue of our era."--Walter Isaacson, author of The Code Breaker

"A sweeping and brilliant view of how the American dream of upward mobility faded over the past half century and what we can do to restore it. If you want to build a better future for our children, you will find inspiration in Ours Was the Shining Future."--Raj Chetty, William A. Ackman Professor of Public Economics, Harvard University

"Well-researched, thoughtful work . . . excellent."--Kirkus Reviews