Despite the myths, there is less opportunity to climb the ladder out of poverty in America than in other modern nations. Did you know a majority of Americans will experience poverty in their lifetimes? And that childhood poverty costs us about a trillion dollars a year? It’s in all of our economic interests to address poverty. In the new book Poorly Understood: What Americans Get Wrong About Poverty, author Mark Robert Rank reveals many surprising truths about being poor in America and changing the policies which keep people from getting ahead. It can be done, with our new president, now is a uniquely good time!

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