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Michael Harrington (1) (1928–1989)

Author of The Other America: Poverty in the United States

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Michael Harrington was an American democratic socialist, bestselling writer, political activist, professor of political science, NPR commentator, atheist, and founder of the Democratic Socialists of America. He is also credited with coining the term "neoconservatism" in the 1970s. A major figure of show more the American left, Harrington is the author of eighteen books including The Other America: Poverty in the United States, The Social-Industrial Complex, Twilight of Capitalism, and his autobiography The Long Distance Runner. He passed away in 1989. show less

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Jews Without Money (1930) — Afterword, some editions — 279 copies
On the Firing Line: The Public Life of Our Public Figures (1989) — Contributor — 112 copies

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Michael Harrington delivered a classic rendering and attack on Poverty in America in the 1960s
which led to The War on Poverty.

It would have been great if it had succeeded.
 
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m.belljackson | 7 other reviews | Apr 29, 2023 |
As important today, or possibly more so, than when it was written over fifty years ago. Any outrage over the shocking numbers inside can only be multiplied today by the sheer fact of national avoidance of the problem.
 
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LukeGoldstein | 7 other reviews | Aug 10, 2021 |
This is a depressing read because it's nearly 60 years old and yet so much of it is still true. LBJ's War on Poverty did lessen poverty, especially amongst the elderly. But too many of us believe in Reagan's quip that "we waged a war on poverty, and poverty won"--cutting benefits and giving up. Harrington's book still articulates the problems with conservative thinking on poverty, and his analyses of rural areas and black poverty still have a great deal of truth today.
 
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