Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele are contributing editors at Vanity Fair. They have worked together for four decades, first at The Inquirer (1971-1997), where they won two Pulitzer Prizes and scores of other national journalism awards, then at Time magazine (1997-2006), where they earned two National Magazine Awards, and since 2006 at Vanity Fair.
They have also written seven books, including the New York Times No. 1 best-seller "America: What Went Wrong?" - an expanded version of the 1991 Inquirer series. Both live in Philadelphia.
E-mail the writers at email@example.com.
About This Project
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele are back with a new book, The Betrayal of the American Dream.
Untold numbers of Americans have been relegated to the economic scrap heap since their landmark Inquirer series and book America: What Went Wrong? was published in 1991.
In the first of four excerpts, they explore the impact of policies that are crippling the middle class.
The excerpts are published in a collaboration with the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University which collaborated with Barlett and Steele on the research and reporting for the book which will be published this week by Public Affairs.
Portions of the book were co-published last year by The Inquirer and The Workshop.
Read the 1991 Inquirer series and link to features and a video with Barlett and Steele at www.philly.com/whatwentwrong
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