Anthony DiFlorio in The Hill –
Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn shine a light on sweeping economic and social struggles across the United States in an important new book.
For most of their journalistic lives, Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn have written about stories and shades of the world which many Americans never see for themselves.
Beginning with their series of reports on the Chinese government crackdown on democracy in the early 1990s — for which they won the Pulitzer Prize — through their latest book project, the husband-and-wife team have traveled the world several times over.
Their goal is to elucidate the stories of human struggle and human potential. And, since the old adage advises to “write what you know,” their sixth book project is a return to Kristof’s home.
In Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope, the couple places the economic and social strife of Kristof’s hometown, Yamhill, Ore., into the larger context of failed economic and social policies that have slowly ravaged the United States for the past 50 years.
“We gradually saw there was a humanitarian crisis unfolding in my little town,” Kristof says.