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Publisher Description

Shortlisted for The New York Public Library Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism • A Time 100 Must-Read Book of 2020  • A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice  • Named a top 30 must-read Book of 2020 by the New York Post  • Named one of the 10 Best Business Books of 2020 by Fortune  • Named A Must-Read Book of 2020 by Apartment Therapy  • Runner-Up General Nonfiction: San Francisco Book Festival  • A Planetizen Top Urban Planning Book of 2020 • Shortlisted for the Goddard Riverside Stephan Russo Book Prize for Social Justice

“Tells the story of housing in all its complexity.” —NPR

Spacious and affordable homes used to be the hallmark of American prosperity. Today, however, punishing rents and the increasingly prohibitive cost of ownership have turned housing into the foremost symbol of inequality and an economy gone wrong. Nowhere is this more visible than in the San Francisco Bay Area, where fleets of private buses ferry software engineers past the tarp-and-plywood shanties of the homeless. The adage that California is a glimpse of the nation’s future has become a cautionary tale.

With propulsive storytelling and ground-level reporting, New York Times journalist Conor Dougherty chronicles America’s housing crisis from its West Coast epicenter, peeling back the decades of history and economic forces that brought us here and taking readers inside the activist movements that have risen in tandem with housing costs. 

GENRE
Nonfiction
RELEASED
2020
February 18
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
288
Pages
PUBLISHER
Penguin Publishing Group
SELLER
PENGUIN GROUP USA, INC.
SIZE
2.2
MB

Customer Reviews

Ufdyjde ,

Superb!

Superior reporting and stunning writing that carried me through complex issues, and challenged my assumptions and prior conclusions. I read a lot of books. This is the best read in several years, and the most complete discussion of this extremely complicated subject that I’ve found.

William Jerome ,

Awesome stories that paint a really insightful overall picture

This book weaves together different personal stories and wonky history to give a great idea of how California’s housing crisis got to where it is today. It puts a very human face on the battles across town hall meetings and activism on the streets to show the different ways policy and social norms can impact housing affordability. Highly recommended.