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Gary Rivlin


Gary Rivlin is the award-winning author of “Fire on the Prairie” (Winner of the Carl Sandburg Award); “Drive By” (a New York Times Notable Book of the Year); and “The Plot to Get Bill Gates.” A two-time Gerald Loeb Award winner, he has worked as a writer and reporter for The New York Times, The Industry Standard, East Bay Express, and the Chicago Reader, and his articles have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, GQ, Salon, Newsweek, and Wired, among other publications.


America’s poverty tax

Author Gary Rivlin on the invention of the payday loan, rent-to-own, and a long list of diabolically clever ideas that entrepreneurs have devised to get hundreds-of-millions-of-dollars rich off those with thin wallets.


Poverty, Inc.

Author Gary Rivlin discusses how the working poor became big business.