"[Madrick's] outrage is clear. . . If our leaders absorbed this book's urgent call, perhaps they would discuss poverty–and act to ease it–once again."
–Alissa Quart, The New York Times Book Review
"At a time of intense debate about income inequality, [Madrick] puts a face–or millions of young faces–on the meaning of real poverty and deprivation."
“The distress and consequences of child poverty are too often ignored. [...} Their cognitive abilities are seriously reduced, their emotions are destabilized, and their health is compromised over a wide range of debilities. They often live in physical and emotional pain. Infant mortality is higher in the United States than in other rich nations. Such studies are adjusted for race, ethnicity, and parental education to isolate the effects of low income itself.”
"Compelling. . . Madrick addresses a systemic problem with a simple solution. His argument will appeal to those who champion economic policy change that centers the child."
–Angela Forret, Library Journal
"Thoroughly researched. . . Madrick's research shows that current efforts are woefully inadequate, and he makes a reasonable plea for change."
–Kathleen McBroom, Booklist
“[Several strands of research over the past twenty years have helped form a consensus among leading academics that cash income spent by parents can reduce disadvantages for children significantly. The research has partly been based on experiments when some poor groups have suddenly had access to more money than others, due, for example, to increases in the generosity of federal social programs.”
"Armed with extensive research that cuts through popular myths about child poverty, Madrick roots his provocative arguments in searing facts that should make every American ashamed–and determined to act on his sensible solutions."
–David Shipler, author of "The Working Poor"
"Invisible Americans provides a devastating portrait of the nature and consequences of child poverty in the United States. Madrick demonstrates that these worrisome poverty rates are the result of multiple policy failures -failures that result, in turn, from choices that Americans have made. Madrick explains, with passion and precision, that the necessary policy instruments are known and tested. What is lacking in the United States,sadly, is the political will."
–Janet C. Gornick, author of "Families that Work"