Money: Who Has How Much and Why

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Using statistics, a political scientist seeks to explain why some Americans have money and others do not, asking such questions as "How does racial bias contribute to income disparities between whites and blacks?" and assessing the link of wealth to values and expectations. 125,000 first printing. Tour.

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A staple of American conversation, from barstools to sermons to op-ed pages, is that money isn't everything. And yet it seems that nowadays, nothing else counts nearly so much. In this book, Andrew Hacker, an eminent sociologist, uses his knack for making statistics come alive to address such questions as "Has affirmative action helped African-Americans financially?," "Do the same professions that used to ensure lifelong economic security still do so?," and "Are the rich getting richer, and if so, why aren't the poor doing better as well?" Hacker doesn't conclude with a call for income redistribution--he doesn't think it would be heeded--but the facts he amasses tell the story of a country that inordinately promotes non-social ambition and, just as excessively, penalizes children.

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Andrew Hacker is professor of political science at Queens College.

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