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Powell's Books Presents Jim Tankersley in Conversation With Amy Wang
For over a decade, Jim Tankersley, tax and economics reporter for The New York Times, has been on a journey to understand what the hell happened to the world's greatest middle-class success story — the post-World War II boom that faded into decades of stagnation and frustration for American workers. In THE RICHES OF THIS LAND (PublicAffairs), Tankersley fuses the story of forgotten Americans — struggling women and men who he met on his journey into the travails of the middle class — with important new economic and political research, providing fresh understanding of how to create a more widespread prosperity. His analysis begins with the revelation that women and minorities played a far more crucial role in building the post-war middle class than today's politicians typically acknowledge, and policies that have done nothing to address the structural shifts of the American economy that have enabled a privileged few to capture nearly all the benefits of America's growing prosperity. At the culmination of his journey, Tankersley lays out specific policy prescriptions and social undertakings that can begin moving the needle in the effort to make new and better jobs appear. Tankersley will be joined in conversation by Amy Wang, editor at The Oregonian/OregonLive.

Aug 19, 2020 06:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Jim Tankersley
Jim Tankersley, a tax and economics reporter for the New York Times, has written extensively about the stagnation of the American middle class, the decline of economic opportunity in wide swaths of the country and how policy changes in Washington have exacerbated those trends over the past few decades. Prior to the Times, Tankersley was the policy and politics editor at Vox, economic policy correspondent for the Washington Post, and economic and political reporter at the National Journal. He started his career with stints at The Oregonian, The Rocky Mountain News, and The Toledo Blade. At The Blade he was a member of the Coingate team that was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. He and a Blade colleague won the 2007 Livingston Award for Young Journalists for a series of stories demonstrating how and why the Ohio economy declined so dramatically over the course of a generation.
Amy Wang
Amy Wang is an editor at The Oregonian/OregonLive, where she tracks Oregon authors and books and gets first dibs on all the books sent by publishers. She grew up in a solidly middle-class American household rooted in the Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1965.