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Unleashing Opportunity

Why Escaping Poverty Requires

a Shared Vision of Justice


Michael Gerson, Stephanie Summers, and Katie Thompson


There is a perfect storm undermining something important about America: the opportunity for people born into poverty to advance over their lifetimes. 

This book explores how to unleash opportunity in five key areas: early childhood, the graduation gap, foster care, juvenile justice, and predatory lending.


For each issue, Gerson explores the magnitude of the problem, Summers applies a theological framework for considering solutions, and Thompson tells the story of men and women who have journeyed through these issues. 

Social mobility has become increasingly stalled in America and the result is a class system in which birth equals destiny. Unleashing Opportunity is now more important than ever.


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