Best Books About Poverty In America According To Experts

People walk past a homeless war veteran explaining his plight hoping for assistance while standing along Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California, on August 22, 2012. The US Congress's budget analysts said today that current plans designed to slash the budget deficit after January 1 will plunge the country into recession and push up joblessness. AFP PHOTO / Frederic J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/GettyImages)
People walk past a homeless war veteran explaining his plight hoping for assistance while standing along Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California, on August 22, 2012. The US Congress's budget analysts said today that current plans designed to slash the budget deficit after January 1 will plunge the country into recession and push up joblessness. AFP PHOTO / Frederic J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/GettyImages)

Many books have been written about poverty in America. As part of the Shadow Conventions 2012, we've talked to experts across the country, in academia and thinktanks, authors and an Occupy Wall Street librarian, to track down the best reads about this serious and growing problem in the richest country on earth.

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