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Synopsis: In "How the Poor Can Save Capitalism: Rebuilding the Path to the Middle Class", John Hope Bryant (successful self-made businessman and founder of the nonprofit Operation HOPE), says business and political leaders are ignoring the one force that could truly re-energize the stalled American economy: the poor. If we give poor communities the right tools, policies, and inspiration, he argues, they will be able to lift themselves up into the middle class and become a new generation of customers and entrepreneurs. Raised in poverty-stricken, gang-infested South Central Los Angeles, Bryant saw firsthand how our institutions have abandoned the poor. He details how business loans, home loans, and financial investments have vanished from their communities. After decades of deprivation, the poor lack bank accounts, decent credit scores, and any real firsthand experience of how a healthy free enterprise system functions.

Bryant radically redefines the meaning of poverty and wealth. (It's not just a question of finances; it's values too.) He exposes why attempts to aid the poor so far have fallen short and offers a way forward: the HOPE Plan, a series of straightforward, actionable steps to build financial literacy and expand opportunity so that the poor can join the middle class. Fully 70 percent of the American economy is driven by consumer spending, but more and more people have too much month at the end of their money. John Hope Bryant aspires to "expand the philosophy of free enterprise to include all of God's children" and create a thriving economy that works not just for the 1 percent or even the 99 percent but for the 100 percent. This is a free enterprise approach to solving the problem of poverty and raising up a new America.


Critique: A welcome breathe of fresh air into a stale and polarized national debate on how to reverse the steady decline of the American middle class, "How the Poor Can Save Capitalism: Rebuilding the Path to the Middle Class" is as inspired and inspiring as it is thoughtful and thought-provoking. Exceptionally well written, "How the Poor Can Save Capitalism: Rebuilding the Path to the Middle Class" is especially recommended to the attention of non-specialist general readers and governmental policy makers with an interest in restoring America to a sustained and sustainable economic prosperity for all its citizens and not just the top 1%. Also available in a Kindle edition ($9.48), "How the Poor Can Save Capitalism: Rebuilding the Path to the Middle Class" will prove to be an important and popular addition to community and academic library Economic Studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

Read the original book review here.

 

 Get The new book, How The Poor Can Save Capitalism, here.

Watch the 4-minute movie on How The Poor Can Save Capitalism here.

Listen to the first national interview for How The Poor Can Save Capitalism, on the Steve Harvey Morning Show here.

Join the national HOPE 100-City Book Tour here.

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