ISBN: 110197267X
EAN13: 9781101972670
Language: English
Pages: 304
Dimensions: 0.59" H x 8" L x 5.19" W
Weight: 0.52 lbs.
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The New York Times bestselling, groundbreaking investigation of how the global elite's efforts to change the world preserve the status quo and obscure their role in causing the problems they later seek to solve. An essential read for understanding some of the egregious abuses of power that dominate today's news.

Former New York Times columnist Anand Giridharadas takes us into the inner sanctums of a new gilded age, where the rich and powerful fight for equality and justice any way they can--except ways that threaten the social order and their position atop it. We see how they rebrand themselves as saviors of the poor; how they lavishly reward thought leaders who redefine change in winner-friendly ways; and how they constantly seek to do more good, but never less harm. We hear the limousine confessions of a celebrated foundation boss; witness an American president hem and haw about his plutocratic benefactors; and attend a cruise-ship conference where entrepreneurs celebrate their own self-interested magnanimity.

Giridharadas asks hard questions: Why, for example, should our gravest problems be solved by the unelected upper crust instead of the public institutions it erodes by lobbying and dodging taxes? He also points toward an answer: Rather than rely on scraps from the winners, we must take on the grueling democratic work of building more robust, egalitarian institutions and truly changing the world. A call to action for elites and everyday citizens alike.

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   Absolutely mind opening
The book is filled with personal stories of how influential do-gooders think and deal with the contradictions in their heads, just like us mortals do. Anyone trying to do well with doing good should read this book.
   Different Type of Read
I liked the premise of the book and found it enlightening, Morgenthau said. However, I found that it was slow reading at the beginning. It is the type of reading that requires you to think. Not a casual read, but the concepts were new to me. It definitely challenges the way you view the world.
   Love this book
Great read, said Pauley. Reflects on how we the people are undermined by the corporate world and their so-called charitable endeavors to preserve the status quo.
   Great Job
He has done an excellent job researching and writing well-researched, well-written and well-reasoned. Engagingly presented and easily relatable on a personal, national and global scale.
   The new world order or was it always so?
An interesting insight into the world at the top and the reality that “making a difference” is so far from the roots of what is needed to really improve people's lives, he said.
   Great read!
Run, don't walk and read this... a great perspective on what brought about the current mindset and M.O. It must change.
   Important critique
Despite the author's argument that critique does not require solutions, I am left wanting some semblance of recommendations other than turn to government and 2) dismantle the philosophy of market-based social change.
   Lots of potshots, no solutions
The author confuses anecdote with data, and his disdain for people he labels “elite” drips from every page. While he does advocate for a few sensible things like higher taxes on the wealthy, he paints a no-win picture of anybody who has acquired wealth if they don't give back, he says, and if they do give back, it is to solve their own problems. Indeed, his very condescension about the notion of “win” makes it clear that if the wealthy are not doing something about inequality that actually hurts them, then it's all self-serving. He never once suggests how one should actually address inequality. And on just about every page he makes assertions about ulterior motives and goals. Very frustrating to read. I found myself disagreeing with various assertions on just about every page of the book.