Matthew Desmond

Harvard sociologist and MacArthur Genius Matthew Desmond’s New York Times bestselling book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in an American City paints a vivid and heartbreaking story of life on the edge for America’s poor. Even in the most desolate areas of American cities, evictions used to be rare. But today, most poor renting families are spending more than half of their income on housing, and eviction has become ordinary, especially for single mothers. Desmond provides a ground-level view of one of the most urgent issues facing America today. As we see families forced  into shelters, squalid apartments, or more dangerous neighborhoods, we bear witness to the human cost of America’s vast inequality—and to people’s determination and intelligence in the face of hardship.