[KINDLE] ❃ Tightrope ❆ Nicholas D. Kristof – Thomashillier.co.uk

Tightrope The Pulitzer Prize Winning Authors Of The Acclaimed, Best Selling Half The Sky Now Issue A Plea Deeply Personal And Told Through The Lives Of Real Americans To Address The Crisis In Working Class America, While Focusing On Solutions To Mend A Half Century Of Governmental FailureWith Stark Poignancy And Political Dispassion, Tightrope Draws Us Deep Into An Other America The Authors Tell This Story, In Part, Through The Lives Of Some Of The Children With Whom Kristof Grew Up, In Rural Yamhill, Oregon, An Area That Prospered For Much Of The Twentieth Century But Has Been Devastated In The Last Few Decades As Blue Collar Jobs Disappeared About One Quarter Of The Children On Kristof S Old School Bus Died In Adulthood From Drugs, Alcohol, Suicide, Or Reckless Accidents And While These Particular Stories Unfolded In One Corner Of The Country, They Are Representative Of Many Places The Authors Write About, Ranging From The Dakotas And Oklahoma To New York And Virginia But Here Too Are Stories About Resurgence, Among Them Annette Dove, Who Has Devoted Her Life To Helping The Teenagers Of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, As They Navigate The Chaotic Reality Of Growing Up Poor Daniel McDowell, Of Balti, Whose Tale Of Opioid Addiction And Recovery Suggests That There Are Viable Ways To Solve Our Nation S Drug Epidemic Taken Together, These Accounts Provide A Picture Of Working Class Families Needlessly But Profoundly Damaged As A Result Of Decades Of Policy Mistakes With Their Superb, Nuanced Reportage, Kristof And WuDunn Have Given Us A Book That Is Both Riveting And Impossible To Ignore


About the Author: Nicholas D. Kristof

Nicholas Donabet Kristof is an American journalist, author, op ed columnist, and a winner of two Pulitzer Prizes He has written an op ed column for The New York Times since November 2001 and is widely known for bringing to light human rights abuses in Asia and Africa, such as human trafficking and the Darfur conflict He has lived on four continents, reported on six, and traveled to 150 countries



10 thoughts on “Tightrope

  1. says:

    Why I love itby Dave EggersIn a country that purports to root for the underdog, too often we exalt the rich and we punish the poor This is an unflinching book that illustrates that central, confounding American paradox With thorough reporting and extraordinary compassion, Kristof and WuDunn tell the stories of those who fall behind in the world s wealthiest country In the most vulnerable regions, they find not an efficient first world safety net created by their government, but merely a patchwork of community initiatives, perpetually underfunded and run by tired saints It s not enough, and those who fall through the cracks fall precipitously.Kristof and WuDunn focus on Yarnhill, Oregon, a blue collar town where Kristof grew up Though he got out and rose up, too many of his classmates succumbed to the opioid scourge driven entirely by Big Pharma greed or fell behind on medical payments that left them broke and broken Common to all the stories is the resilience of these families in the face of system that can be indifferent at best and punitive at worst.And yet amid all the tragedy and neglect, Kristof and WuDunn conjure a picture of how it could all get better, how it could all work That s the miracle of Tightrope, and why this is such an indispensable book In concise, lucid chapters, we see humanity at its most desperate, its most rugged, but perhaps its most heroic A reader comes away from Tightrope full of outrage but not without hope.Read at


  2. says:

    When I saw this book on BOTM, I prepared to bore myself with a textbook like analysis of the state of America today I was presently surprised at how personal the author made the book to his hometown and life, by delving into specific family members and friends I found this to be a quick read, with well thought out scenarios and extensive research.


  3. says:

    This book should be required reading It s insightful, depressing, yet still ultimately hopeful Pulitzer Prize winning couple write a gut wrenching account of how America has ultimately failed it s people in the last half century through the lens of author Nicholas D Kristof s hometown, Yamhill and a few other US locations From a broken education, prison, health system and the authors explain how the system used to be, how it is now, and what can be done to fix it to bring the United States back up to speed with the rest of the industrialized first world countries There are lots of personal stories and photos that really hammer down HOW these policies really affect many Americans It is very depressing but at the same time the authors make sure to highlight social programs that people have started to combat issues of addiction, homelessness, and college education It s an enlightening and ultimately inspiring book Do yourself a favor and read this book before you vote Then pass on this book to everyone you know


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    If you re not outraged, you re not paying attention Heather Heyer, 2017 Pay attention, America That s what this book is telling us I may not agree with Kristof and WuDunn s politics and recommendations at times, but that does not change the fact that they have laid out harsh and painful truths in this book It is not a perfect book, and some people may be turned off by the authors obvious left leaning biases Why the 5 stars Because this is NECESSARY I feel privileged to have the chance to read it.It talks about topics that we typically shy away from poverty, drug addiction, healthcare, lack of quality education, mass incarceration, the erosion of our society as a whole, and our failure as a nation through a history of poor policy making that has been continually anti poor and anti working class They further argue that yes, personal responsibility is a factor in an individual s outcomes in life, but that our failure to be empathetic, to see beyond invidual choices, and acknowledge that we as a society is also partly responsible for a person s future, further compounds social problems.It is very painful to read about past and present policy failures and how it has trickled down to America s poor, children in particular It is painful to know that here in America, millions still do not have access to quality healthcare, mental health counseling, and basic quality education It is even painful to know that research continually shows that only the top 1% has truly benefited from the economic boom but the rest at the bottom 90% has continually done worse And it seems like politicians, both from the left and right, have failed to listen and keep up with the times The book calls for drastic action if we are to remain the superpower that we claim to be.Regardless of your political views, every American should be involved in the conversation about how we can improve the quality of life in this country, invest in human capital, and create fair opportunities for everyone At the end of the day, issues like jobs creation, access to quality healthcare, quality education, and drug policies will affect all of us in some way This is required reading for every American as far as I am concerned lawmakers, mentors, educators, businessmen, students, and ordinary people like me who care Kudos to Kristof and WuDunn for such engaging writing in terms that are easy to understand.


  5. says:

    I m a writer in the margins but I don t think I have EVER written in the margins than in this book arguments, agreements, questions.I picked this on a whim from BOTM, and I m glad I did I devoured it, despite its difficult subject matter The authors are fantastic storytellers which helps underline and illustrate their points.I disagree with the authors on a lot of their conclusions, but I found them balanced and thoughtful They made neither victims nor villains of their subjects There were times when I quibbled with the logic and language they often slipped into passive voice when contending that they insisted on personal responsibility or resorted to light ad hominem attacks, assigning motives without support and calling policy mean spirited when it s possible the other side just has a different perception of what s best long term, at times painted motives with broad strokes, attributing choices to luck and vice versa, and occasionally conflated correlation with causation without support , but overall, they leaned heavily on the bipartisan three pronged fact that people who finish high school, get a job, and marry before having children, in that order, have a literal 98% avoidance of poverty rate, along with all that entails.They stress the government component of education yes, but refreshingly don t ignore personal responsibility of work, and family responsibility of the roles of marriage, home, and children.Many times proposed solutions lean too hard to one side forgetting that government does have a role to play or to the other that people s choices and families are key in preventing problems that stem from and accompany poverty It s both, together Forget any one component and you re still likely fighting a losing battle.They offer plenty of solutions throughout the text, but one of the most useful parts of a Kristof WuDunn book is they leave readers at the end with ten steps you can take to make a difference Not every one will be applicable to every person, but I underlined about half that I can likely do one time actions like calling state representatives to petition for diversion programs for drug offenders, or repeat measures like volunteering at some of the most high impact initiatives I also appreciated that the vast majority of the suggestions did not involve the government As a conservative, I want government doing less, and individuals doing , especially at the local level Systems are made up of people, after all Government can t best fix what government didn t break.But in a partisan era, we need each other The authors quote Ray Dalio saying, The problem is that capitalists typically don t know how to divide the pie well and socialists typically don t know how to grow it well I want to hand this to every pastor, teacher, neighbor, veteran, doctor, politician, law enforcement officer, economist, parent I know My heart was moved, but just as importantly, my mind was moved This really does do a fantastic job of being bipartisan, but it does lean left, championing causes that are typically partisan in the US universal heath care, a child allowance, sex education in schools For another take on a middle ground work that leans slightly right, try Rod Dreher s Crunchy Cons Both these works together do much to inform what initiatives we can easily come together on.


  6. says:

    In their book, Tightrope Americans Reaching for Hope , authors Nick Kristof and Sheryl WuDann looks at America s working class and their problems in an economy much touted by President Trump In many cases, these people have been left behind They re not in the Top 1% in many cases, they don t reach the Top 80% What accounts for their lag in today s society And what can help them WuDann and Kristof center round on two things and better early education and getting off a multi generational addiction to drugs and alcohol.Kristof and WuDann center their book on the small Oregon town of Yamhill, where Nick Kristof was raised They ve retained their connection to the town and it s people through frequent visits home and Nick retains friendships with townspeople However, many of his old friends are dead, due to drink and drugs and food They tell the stories of children of drunken and abusive parents, who died early and passed their addictions down the familial line, causing early deaths and long prison terms for many of those who ve survived.Now, not all Yamhillians are caught in the generational cycle of poverty and addiction Many people, like Nick Kristof, have found a way out Maybe, like Kristof, they were raised in a two parent home where books and education were valued Maybe their get up and go was working and they got up and went.What can help break these cycles so prevalent in both rural and urban America, where babies having babies perpetuate poverty and addiction Better and earlier education and complete access to birth control would be a start More retraining for those whose jobs have either been sent elsewhere, or just eliminated The authors look at a situation in Detroit and Windsor, Canada in 2008, where car manufacturing jobs were eliminated Americans stressed the workers finding jobs in auto manufacturing, where as a Canadian fix was to retrain the workers in new age jobs Of course, the Canadian system provides for universal health care, so the unemployed didn t have to worry about access to health care.But DuWann and Kristof do point out some rays of hope Programs around the country begun by both concerned citizens and governmental agencies that help those who need help in breaking the proverbial cycles There aren t enough of the programs, particularly under the Trump administration, but hopefully things and priorities will change under a new presidential administration They give a list of private agencies the reader can contribute to if so inclined.Nick Kristof and Sheryl DuWann s book joins several other recent books on the topic of America s working class and is one of the best.


  7. says:

    Nothing in this was new to me, but this would be a good book for anyone who wants to educate themselves on how terrible the economy is in the US Although honestly the authors are too sympathetic to some of these people.They do talk a little about Remote Area Medical which is a group I m a little familiar with I didn t know the founder died I moved away from there and no one told me, haha Those people sure love getting their free dental care once or twice a year, but they sure don t want single payer.


  8. says:

    4.5 stars


  9. says:

    As someone that s lived in a poor, rural community for most of my life, I was able to relate to these authors experiences of seeing friends and family members lives destroyed by drugs and despair and wishing for change that never comes It s clear that poverty is deeply misunderstood by many people, even those that live in and around it, and that being poor has come to be seen as a sin A compassionate, thought provoking, and important work.


  10. says:

    This book offers both stories and statistics, as well as specific solutions I have long known about the problems facing economically depressed small towns in theory, but the stories in this book bring them to life in tangible, devastating and infuriating ways America can be so much better than this.


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