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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Dale Maharidge has spent his career documenting the downward spiral of the American working class, and his new book explores the limits of the American dream in the 2020s. Poverty is both reality and destiny for increasing numbers of people in the 2020s and, as Maharidge discovers spray-painted inside an abandoned gas station in the California desert, it is a fate often handed down from birth. Motivated by this haunting phrase - “F--ked at Birth” - Maharidge explores the realities of being poor in America in the coming decade, as pandemic, economic crisis, and social revolution upend the country. 

Part raw memoir, part dogged investigative journalism, F--ked at Birth channels the history of poverty in America to help inform the voices Maharidge encounters daily. In an unprecedented time of social activism amid economic crisis, when voices everywhere are rising up for change, Maharidge’s journey channels the spirits of George Orwell and James Agee, raising questions about class, privilege, and the very concept of “upward mobility”, while serving as a final call to action. 

From Sacramento to Denver, Youngstown to New York City, F--ked at Birth dares listeners to see themselves in those suffering most and to finally - after decades of refusal - recalibrate what we are going to do about it.

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