Distinguished economic historian, Peter Temin, talks us through some of his favourite books. His own latest book, The Vanishing Middle Class, charts America’s regression towards a pre-industrial society: with many poor, a few rich, and not much in between.
The author and journalist describes how racism, violence, and corruption became entrenched in police departments across America. He picks five books describing a stark reality, and suggests a blueprint for change
Civic Ideals: Conflicting Visions of Citizenship in U.S. History
by Rogers M. Smith
At America's Gates: Chinese Immigration during the Exclusion Era, 1882-1943
by Erika Lee
Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America
by Mae M. Ngai
Lift Every Voice: The NAACP and the Making of the Civil Rights Movement
by Patricia Sullivan
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
by Michelle Alexander
Kenneth W. Mack, the Lawrence D. Biele Professor of Law at Harvard University, discusses the warring ideals of egalitarianism and exclusion at the heart of US politics and law, from the founding of the nation up to the present day.
Emeritus professor at the LSE’s Mannheim Centre for the Study of Criminology & Criminal Justice tells us about the consequences of mass incarceration and a breakdown in social and moral cohesion