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Economic Opportunity: David K Shipler

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David K Shipler

  1. David K. Shipler is an American author who won the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-fiction in 1987 for Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land. He also wrote the book The Working Poor: Invisible in America.  He is a former foreign correspondent of The New York Times.  

    Shipler has received a Martin Luther King Jr. Social Justice Award from Dartmouth and the following honorary degrees: Doctor of Letters from Middlebury College and Glassboro State College (New Jersey), Doctor of Laws from Birmingham-Southern College, and Master of Arts from Dartmouth College, where he served on the board of trustees from 1993 to 2003.

    He was a member of the Pulitzer jury for general nonfiction in 2008, and its chair in 2009.

    He has taught at Princeton and American University, as writer-in-residence at University of Southern California, as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow on approximately fifteen campuses, and as a Montgomery Fellow and Visiting Professor of Government at Dartmouth.

  2. BornDecember 3, 1942 , Chatham, NJ

What They are Saying about The Working Poor

"This is clearly one of those seminal books that every American should read and read now." --The New York Times Book Review

" An essential book. . . . It should be required reading not just for every member of Congress, but for every eligible voter." --The Washington Post Book World

“Sensitive, sometimes heart-rending . . . . A vivid portrait of the struggle of the working poor to acquire steady, decently paid employment.” –Commentary

"Insightful and moving. . . . Shipler writes with enormous grace [and] he captures the immense frustration endured by the working poor as few others have." --The Nation

"Welcome and important. . . . Shipler manages to see all aspects of poverty--psychological, personal, societal--and examine how they're related. . . . There is much here to ponder for conservatives and liberals alike." —The Seattle Times

         The Working Poor provides a compelling look at the lives of working poor Americans whose daily struggles support the prosperity and growth of the U.S. economy. As Shipler argues, making the invisible more visible may help to increase the political will to adequately fund the safety net and to develop better solutions to the complex set of causes that sustain poverty in this wealthy nation. Shipler’s solutions are not particularly new, but his combination of the true life experiences of Americans with a broad look at solutions may help to move forward the debate on poverty

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