I thought in honor of our nation’s national holiday I would have this deep dive into the heart of America with the incredible Chris Arnade (find him on Twitter!).  His touching book, Dignity: Seeking Respect In Back Row America, is truly a masterpiece.  In his new book, Chris lays bare what life is like for America’s marginalized poor – and exposes the broken social systems that have betrayed them.

Like in his travels across the land, we cover a lot of sacred ground here.

Happy Birthday America, may you one day rise up to meet all you aspire to be.

Chris Arnade is a freelance writer and photographer whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Atlantic, Guardian, Washington Post, Financial Times, and Wall Street Journal among many others. He has a PhD in physics from Johns Hopkins University and worked for twenty years as a trader at an elite Wall Street bank before leaving in 2012 to document addiction in the Bronx.

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