304 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
A plea -- deeply personal and told through the lives of real Americans -- to address the crisis in working-class America, while focusing on solutions to mend a half century of governmental failure.
Includes bibliographical references (pages -293) and index.
The kids on the number 6 school bus -- "We're number 61!" -- When jobs disappear -- American aristocracy -- How America went astray -- Drug dealers in lab coats -- Losing the war on drugs -- Up by the bootstraps -- Deaths of despair -- Interventions that work -- Universal health care: one day, one town -- Homeless in a rich nation -- The escape artists -- A shot in the face -- God save the family -- The marriage of true minds -- We eat our young -- Raising troubled kids -- Creating more escape artists -- America regained -- Appendix: Ten steps you can take in the next ten minutes to make a difference.
Online version: Kristof, Nicholas D., 1959- author. Tightrope New York : Alfred A. Knopf,  9780525655091 (DLC) 2019015690