Chris Arnade

Chris is a freelance writer and photographer whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Guardian, The Washington Post, Financial Times, and The Wall Street Journal among many others.

Associated Press/Photo by Jeffrey Phelps

How the other fifth lives

Books | The view from back row America
by Chris Arnade
Posted 7/25/20, 09:23 am

With gut-punching photographs and stories, Chris Arnade’s Dignity shows what life looks like from the “back row,” the benches of the unemployed and uneducated, the drugged and depressed, the homeless and hopeless. In this excerpt, courtesy of Penguin Random House, Arnade notes that “much of the back row of America, both white and black, is humiliated. The good jobs they could get straight out of high school and gave the stability of a lifelong career have left.

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