Generation debt : how our future was sold out for student loans, credit cards, bad jobs, no benefits, and tax cuts for rich geezers - and how to fight back /

An emerging spokesperson for a new generation addresses the grim state of young people today--and tells us how we can, and must, save our future. The nature of youth is to question, SO when 24-year-old Kamenetz started out as a journalist, she began asking hard questions for which no one seemed to h...

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Main Author: Kamenetz, Anya, 1980-
Format: Book
Language:English
Published:New York : Riverhead Books, 2007.
Edition:1st pbk. ed.
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Main Author:Kamenetz, Anya, 1980-
Summary:An emerging spokesperson for a new generation addresses the grim state of young people today--and tells us how we can, and must, save our future. The nature of youth is to question, SO when 24-year-old Kamenetz started out as a journalist, she began asking hard questions for which no one seemed to have good answers. Why were her friends thousands of dollars in credit-card debt? Why did so many jobs for people under thirty-five involve a plastic name badge, last only for the short-term, and not include benefits? With record deficits and threats to Social Security, what kind of future was shaping up for the nation's kids? In this book, she talks to experts in economics, labor markets, the health-care industry, and education, and amasses a startling array of evidence that building a secure life is harder for young people today than it was thirty years ago.--From publisher description.

Generation Debt offers a truly gripping account of how young Americans are being ground down by low wages, high taxes, huge student loans, sky-high housing prices, not to mention the impending retirement of their baby boomer parents. Twenty-four-year-old Anya Kamenetz examines this issue from every angle and provides a riveting, rousing manifesto that will inspire everyone to take care of their financial future.

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Physical Description:xv, 308 p. ; 21 cm.
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (p. 291-305).
ISBN:9781594482342 :
1594482349
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Anya Kamenetz received her B.A. from Yale in 2002 and writes for New York magazine, Salon , The Nation , and The Village Voice , where she earned a Pulitzer Prize nomination for her contributions to the series "Generation Debt: The New Economics of Being Young." She has appeared on the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer as a spokesperson on the employment obstacles facing youth.

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