Tightrope by Sheryl WuDunn audiobook

Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope

By Nicholas D. Kristof  and Sheryl WuDunn
Read by Jennifer Garner , with the Afterword read by Nicholas D. Kristof  and Sheryl WuDunn

Random House Audio 9780525655084
9.72 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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The Pulitzer Prize-winning authors 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 failure. With 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 Baltimore, whose tale of opioid addiction and recovery suggests that there are viable ways to solve our nation’s drug epidemic. 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.

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Summary

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New York Times bestseller

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

A Booklist Pick of Audiobooks of the Month

A BookPage Top Pick of the Month in Audio

The Pulitzer Prize-winning authors 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 failure.

With 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 Baltimore, whose tale of opioid addiction and recovery suggests that there are viable ways to solve our nation’s drug epidemic.

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“One of the most important books I’ve read on the state of our disunion.” Tara Westover, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"[Tightrope] may well be the timeliest and most engrossing work of nonfiction this year.” Newsweek 
"[Tightrope illuminates] the disparagement that the poor confront in a prosperous America.” Washington Post
“An analysis of our country’s class problem…Tightrope‘s greatest strength is its exaltation of the common person’s voice, bearing expert witness to troubles that selfish power has wrought.” New York Times Book Review
“Shocking…An agonizing account of how apathy and cruelty have turned America into a nightmare for many of its less fortunate citizens.” NPR
“Both researched and personal, this will be hard for readers to stop thinking about.” Booklist [starred review]
“With compassion and empathy, [the authors] pull readers into the lives of families who have been in a downward spiral for several generations…They bring a human face to issues such as drug addiction, incarceration, family dysfunction, and declining prospects for employment. Enlightening for all concerned Americans.” Library Journal [starred review]
In addition to looking back at all that's been lost, the authors – compassionate, solutions-oriented, and ultimately optimistic – offer a path forward. . . Replacing punitive public policy with policy approaches that recognize a collective responsibility for our fellow citizens, they argue, will in the long run save billions of dollars and prevent untold suffering. Christian Science Monitor
“The authors make…an ardent and timely case for taking a multipronged approach to ending working-class America’s long decline.” Kirkus Reviews
“Actress Jennifer Garner narrates with finesse and restraint as she delivers harrowing scenes of poor Americans acting rashly and sometimes violently in the face of their daily struggles…This fine audiobook matters.” AudioFile
Kristof and WuDunn avoid pity while creating empathy for their subjects, and effectively advocate for a ‘morality of grace’ to which readers should hold policy makers accountable. This essential, clear-eyed account provides worthy solutions to some of America’s most complex socioeconomic problems. Publishers Weekly
“In a country that purports to root for the underdog, too often we exalt the rich and we punish the poor…Yet amid all the tragedy and neglect, Kristof and WuDunn conjure a picture of how it could all get better…An indispensable book.” Dave Eggers, New York Times bestselling author
“Tightrope is a heroic, harrowing, and at times tender, look at the high wire act that is survival for too many people today…This book will shake you—it did me—and that is the point.” Bono, Irish singer-songwriter and philanthropist

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Author

Author Bio: Sheryl WuDunn

Author Bio: Sheryl WuDunn

Sheryl WuDunn has coauthored four books with her husband, Nicholas Kristof: Half the Sky, Thunder from the East, China Wakes, and A Path Appears. They were awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1990 for their coverage of China and the 2009 Dayton Literary Peace Prize. WuDunn worked at the Times as a business editor and foreign correspondent in Tokyo and Beijing, and now works in banking.

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Author Bio: Nicholas D. Kristof

Author Bio: Nicholas D. Kristof

Nicholas Kristof has coauthored four books with his wife, Sheryl WuDunn: Half the Sky, Thunder from the East, China Wakes, and A Path Appears. They were awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1990 for their coverage of China and the 2009 Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Now an op-ed columnist for the New York Times, Kristof was previously a bureau chief in Hong Kong, Beijing, and Tokyo. He won his second Pulitzer in 2006 for his columns on Darfur.

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Details

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Social Science
Runtime: 9.72
Audience: Adult
Language: English