This Is What It's Like To Live On $2 A Day

Extreme poverty is on the rise in America, but we can change that.

What's it like to have no source of income? That's life for millions of Americans, although the political debate barely acknowledges that reality. When conversations about poverty take place in Washington, they typically focus on the working poor, rather than the non-working poor.

A new book titled $2.00 A Day: Living On Almost Nothing In America seeks to change the debate. Written by well-respected social scientists Kathryn J. Edin of Johns Hopkins University and H. Luke Shaefer of the University of Michigan, $2.00 A Day looks at the poorest of the poor.

One prominent reviewer has already likened Edin and Shaefer's book to Michael Harrington's The Other America. Many historians believe that 1962 classic of journalism and sociology helped galvanize support for the War on Poverty -- an effort that, for all of its shortcomings, substantially improved living standards for some of the most destitute Americans.