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The Debt Trap

How Student Loans Became a National Catastrophe

by Josh Mitchell

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The Debt Trap by Josh Mitchell
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    Aug 2021, 272 pages

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Josh Mitchell's The Debt Trap examines how runaway debt became common in the student loan industry.

The Debt Trap by Josh Mitchell opens up the dialogue for meaningful conversations about a problem that many Americans face: student loan debt. The book surveys the history of the student loan industry and examines how it became the behemoth that it is today, starting with the governmental conception of the loan corporation Sallie Mae, which was initially meant to create a more defined path to the American Dream (see Beyond the Book).

Throughout the book, Mitchell offers endearing and heartbreaking stories of students from different parts of the country, all having financial issues related to obtaining a post-secondary education. For example, one student, Brandon, has family members who no longer speak to each other because of the burdens they have suffered in helping him get loans for school. Mitchell also explains how greed motivated the people who contributed to the unethical ...

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