The National Catholic Review

'The Other America' Then and Now

May 7, 2012 Podcast
When The Other America was published in 1962, Michael Harrington only expected it to sell a few thousand copies. The book, a study of the "invisible" poor in America, went on to become a national bestseller and helped shape the government's War on Poverty. Here Thomas Landy of the College of the Holy Cross explains the impact of The Other America, and why we need someone like Harrington today. Holy Cross recently convened a conference on the legacy of Harrington's seminal book. An audio archive of the talks can be found here. This podcast includes excerpts from the remarks delivered by Maurice Isserman, Harrington's biographer.