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The heartbreaking story of becoming homeless in America

Matthew Desmond’s account of the relentless downward spiral of America’s dirt poor — and the greed of their ruthless evictors — makes for devastating reading

9 April 2016

9:00 AM

9 April 2016

9:00 AM

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City Matthew Desmond

Allen Lane, pp.418, £20, ISBN: 9780553447439

This is a very upsetting book. The Harvard sociologist Matthew Desmond spent a year and a half living in low-income housing in Milwaukee — first in a trailer park on the mostly white South Side and later in a rooming house in the black inner city. Desmond himself plays no part in the body of the story, but he reports what he saw and heard, using a digital recorder and filling in the rest with double-sourced eyewitness accounts and official documents.

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Available from the Spectator Bookshop, £20 Tel: 08430 600033. Benjamin Markovits is a former professional basketball player and the author of The Syme Papers and You Don’t Have to Live Like This.

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