Barlett and Steele show why most of middle-class America faces a bleak future. Three decades of public policies in trade, taxes, employment, and retraining have changed the lives of tens of millions of middle-class Americans — all for the worse. The country increasingly is dividing into two economic classes — the few who have more, and the many who have less. For middle-class Americans, their declining economic fortune is nothing less than a reversal of the American dream. Economists, politicians, and the media portray the erosion of middle-class incomes as the price America must pay for competing in a global economy, but as Barlett and Steele show in America: Who Stole the Dream? there is a better way.