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Hard Times

As the British economy moves towards recovery after the 2008 recession, Hard Times explores the social consequences of the worst slump since the 1930s Depression.

Hard Times: The Divisive Toll of the Economic Slump (Yale University Press)

Journalist Tom Clark draws on research by a team led by Professors Anthony Heath and Robert Putnam to determine the great recession’s toll on individuals, families, and community bonds in the United States and the United Kingdom.

The data, which is explored in the book, exposes how the downturn divided societies - wrecking some neighbourhoods while leaving others unharmed. 

By Editor of The Guardian editorial column Tom Clark and Anthony Heath, Professor in Sociology at The University of Manchester.

Excellent: detailed research, a global perspective and a real willingness to approach the evidence fairly.

Gordon Brown MP / former Prime Minister of the UK

If you want to know about the enduring damage that recessions can do to ordinary people in unequal societies, then read this book. Hard Times provides a unique combination of hard statistics and fascinating interviews with workers and families that were hit by the big slump. A must read.

Thomas Piketty / author of Capital in the Twenty-First Century