One of our most incisive and committed journalists author of the classic All the Livelong Day shows us the real human cost of our ecomic follies. The Great Recession has thrown huge ecomic challenges at almost all Americans save the super-affluent few, and we are only w beginning to reckon up the human toll it is taking. Down the Up Escalator is an urgent dispatch from the front lines of our vast collective struggle to keep our heads above water and maybe even someday get ahead. Garson has interviewed an ecomically and geographically wide variety of Americans to show the painful waste in all this loss and insecurity, and describe how individuals are coping. Her broader historical focus, though, is on the causes and consequences of the long stagnation of wages and how it has resulted in an increasingly desperate reliance on credit and a series of ever-larger bubbles stocks, techlogy, real estate. This is way to run an ecomy, or a democracy.
BARBARA GARSON is an award-winning playwright, journalist, and the author of three books, All the Livelong Day: The Meaning and Demeaning of Routine Work, The Electronic Sweatshop, and most recently Money Makes the World Go Around: One Investor Tracks Her Cash Through the Global Economy. Her play MacBird was the literary opening shot of the sixties, and The Dinosaur Door won an Obie. Her writing has appeared in Harper s, the New York Times, Newsweek, and the Nation.