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Winners Take All : The Elite Charade of Changing the World - by Anand Giridharadas (Hardcover)

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An insider's 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.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.
Number of Pages: 288
Genre: Social Science, Political Science
Sub-Genre: Philanthropy & Charity, Social Classes & Economic Disparity, Political Ideologies
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Random House Inc
Age Range: Adult
Book theme: Democracy
Author: Anand Giridharadas
Language: English
Street Date: August 28, 2018
TCIN: 53680190
UPC: 9780451493248
Item Number (DPCI): 248-41-5643
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