“Reading Broke, USA is enraging, but Rivlin's work also is scrupulously fair... what makes Broke, USA so readable is Rivlin's skill at telling a complex story through engaging characters.”
"I began to liken the entire Poverty, Inc. industry to those energy companies whose stripmining destroyed vast tracts of wilderness areas.”
“Mr. Rivlin brings to his subject a genuine gift for storytelling”
A short but sweet writeup in
Time: "The conversation America needs to have is about more than houses."
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"Rivlin opens up, dissects, and eviscerates the gigantic industry of vulture finance...[a] fascinating book."
"A superb expose of the ‘poverty business’… timely, important, and deeply disturbing."
"Rivlin's book is a mustread. It's a riveting piece of work by a firstrate writer."
The Huffington Post
"Painstakingly researched...Broke, USA is vital reading for those seeking to deepen their understanding of the economic crash of the past few years."
“Gary Rivlin rivets readers...[a] fascinating book. ”
"A powerful analysis...how the financial sector has come to its current state of crisis."
Booklist (starred review)
“...thorough and thoughtful.evenhanded.eschews hyped language and lets the evidence speak for itself..should be required reading for elected officials.”
“...what investigative reporter Gary Rivlin does wonderfully well is relate these tragic tales while exploring how predatory lending works from the inside.”