ISBN: 1984801341
EAN13: 9781984801340
Language: English
Release Date: Aug 11, 2020
Pages: 480
Dimensions: 2" H x 9.25" L x 6.13" W
Weight: 1.25 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELER - When did America give up on fairness? The author of Fantasyland tells the epic history of how America decided that big business gets whatever it wants, only the rich get richer, and nothing should ever change--and charts a way back to the future.

The one book everyone must read as we figure out how to rebuild our country.--Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs and Leonardo da Vinci

During the twentieth century, America managed to make its economic and social systems both more and more fair and more and more prosperous. A huge, secure, and contented middle class emerged. All boats rose together. But then the New Deal gave way to the Raw Deal. Beginning in the early 1970s, by means of a long war conceived of and executed by a confederacy of big business CEOs, the superrich, and right-wing zealots, the rules and norms that made the American middle class possible were undermined and dismantled. The clock was turned back on a century of economic progress, making greed good, workers powerless, and the market all-powerful while weaponizing nostalgia, lifting up an oligarchy that served only its own interests, and leaving the huge majority of Americans with dwindling economic prospects and hope.

Why and how did America take such a wrong turn? In this deeply researched and brilliantly woven cultural, Read More chevron_right

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5
   Extraordinary review
This is an extraordinary review of the US history from 1960 to current time. Anderson concentrates on major historical figures to unwind the history of this period.
 
3
   Good reference book
It has overwhelming information and history of how the US, yet again, created another 0.01% of wealth. For those readers who enjoy complex puzzles, this book may be suitable for them. It is far too much information.
 
5
   It didnt start with Trump.
He goes back to the 1980s and shows how there was a de-industrialization of America and a downward mobility. But the change we can make is to stop listening to the issue-oriented crap from both parties and make it again about jobs and economic viability.
 
5
   Every citizen must read
But the information presented here is for every citizen essential reading before the next election. If it does not motivate you to take action, our democratic principles will not survive.
 
5
   A great history and excellent roadmap
Kurt said, I believe that it took him three years to develop. I believe that the Biden administration should use this book as a roadmap to plot a better future for the USA.
 
5
   Incredibly revealing
Outstanding description of economic, political, and cultural changes in America over the last 50 years. Hurry up!
 
5
   Eye-opening
Essentially, it lays the American playbook to transform right politics and economics over the last 40 years. Andersen's writing is always engaging and never dry.
 
5
   Easy Read
Very historical overview of the 20th century written in a conversational easy-to-read style. Definitely informative. Strongly Recommended ''.
 
5
   This book shows again how greed(or unregulated capitalism) creates unspeakable cruelty.
This book is an excellent summary of how the new elite has destroyed the principles of the great deal and created the massive inequality we see today.
 
3
   Far too depressing
It doesn 't make a lot of sense for me to give this book a rating, as I did not finish it, I made it only to page 220 or so, but I can take a minute to explain why. I found this book simply far too unrelentingly depressing to continue ''. I get it - it is laser focused on how things went wrong – and believe me, I did not need to read about how and why in such detail and at such length, it became more than I could take. Especially the chapters that dig deep into economics and employment. For my own mental health, I realized that I shouldn 't read any more. Probably the most depressing book I tried to read ever.
 
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