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Promises Betrayed:
Waking Up from the American Dream

by Bob Herbert

ISBN 0805080589 / 9780805080582 / 0-8050-8058-9
Publisher Times Books
Language English
Edition Softcover
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"Essential reading for anyone concerned about the state of the American people--and, by extension, of our country." --Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Few journalists can match Bob Herbert of The New York Times in bringing to life the stories of ordinary people caught between the American dream and American realities. From partisan politics to popular culture, from race relations to criminal justice, Bob Herbert's work is characterized by a strong moral vision and a deep understanding of the human costs of political decisions. In Promises Betrayed, Herbert makes the case that America too often fails to live up to its creed of fairness and justice, and his tenacious reporting offers cautionary tales that keep us all honest. He truly lives up to the journalist's credo: to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.

"Heartfelt essays by a man disheartened by the direction of the nation."

"Earnest, rueful, angry . . . Herbert writes with effective passion."
--Publishers Weekly