There are a very few books which I rate obscene, and this would be one of them. Had the author asked the right people, he would have been predictably slapped silly! Money implies poverty, and poverty tends to be an artificial construct, as so many things are in the sphere of humanity. The first question I would pose to this author: Who owns the land? The second question: Who owns the banks? [The informed and well-traveled citizen realizes right away that those questioned are explaining to the doofus author as to why they weren't born rich.]
Vollman, a National Book Award winner, explores poverty across time and cultures. In most countries, he interviewed people who earned $1.00 a day U.S.with interpreter help. When asked why the person was poor, most answers reflected some version of fate -- karma, reincarnation, loss of job, loss of health, etc. The author's photographs of his subjects portray their humanity. The most arresting part of the book was the author's description of the poor who frequented the parking lot of his home in Sacramento, California.
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