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Carl Van Horn' s New Book 'Working Scared (Or Not at All): The Lost Decade, Great Recession, and Restoring the Shattered American Dream' Released

A new book by Dr. Carl Van Horn, Working Scared (Or Not at All): The Lost Decade, Great Recession, and Restoring the Shattered American Dream, presents a compelling narrative of the transformations and economic crises that have been disrupting the American economy in recent years. As federal and state policymakers and elected officials continue to bicker over a winning approach to strong job creation and economic recovery, the book explores the devastating consequences of the Great Recession, the forces that are reshaping the American labor market, as well as their impact on American workers — especially older workers and recent high school and college graduates. It concludes with detailed recommendations for restoring jobs and economic prosperity for American workers. Dr. Van Horn commented:

“At the end of the 20th century, with the economy booming and unemployment at historic lows, the American economy was a job-producing marvel. The first decade of the 21st century was entirely different and a whole lot tougher. If full labor market health does not return for five years, American workers will have endured an entire ‘lost decade’ of high unemployment, stagnant or declining incomes, and anxiety.

Working Scareddraws upon nearly 25,000 interviews with employed and unemployed Americans conducted from 1998 to 2012. The ‘voices’ of American workers chronicled here tell a compelling story about wrenching structural changes and recessions during one of the most volatile periods in U.S economic history.

In Working Scared, I recommend the essential national priorities and policies that will assist frustrated, angry, and scared American workers and the reforms that will help restore the American dream of secure employment and inter-generational progress.”

Working Scared is available at

A short video interview with Dr. Van Horn about Working Scared can be viewed at: