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Kaley Kokomoor Advocates for Evan Osnos

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In his most recent book, Wildland: The Making of America’s Fury, National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize winning author and journalist Evan Osnos walks readers through the political, social, and economic changes of the past two decades in the United States. Framed by two catastrophic events: September 11, 2001 and January 6, 2021, Osnos interviews people in three American cities where he has lived to highlight the effect greed and special interests have had on our country. In Greenwich, Connecticut, Osnos examines the trends of Wall Street and the increasing consolidation of wealth in the hands of the few. From Clarksburg, West Virginia, he writes about the hemorrhaging of our natural resources by private companies who leave residents of a formerly vibrant community sick and disenfranchised. And in Chicago, Illinois, Osnos shows us what happens when systems of oppression are left unchecked and communities fall into compounding violence and segregation.

Though his portraits of these three American cities are nuanced and meticulously researched, it is the way that Osnos connects seemingly disparate events and trends in each region and points to the throughlines (often originating in Washington D.C. and on Wall Street) that provides the background and insight we need to understand this moment in history.

Wildland is not a light read, but Osnos’ effortless storytelling and his ability to make large episodes and movements accessible by reporting them through individual experiences makes this a page turner and a must read for anyone who finds themselves asking, “Just how did we get here?”