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Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World

Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World (Hardback)

By Giridharadas, Anand

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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.
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ISBN 9780451493248
Released NZ 28 Aug 2018
Publisher Knopf Publishing Group
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9780451493248
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Knopf Publishing Group
Imprint Knopf Publishing Group
Released 28 Aug 2018
Publication Country
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Giridharadas, Anand
Category Social Classes
Charities & Voluntary Services
Political Structures: Democracy
Number of Pages 304
Dimensions Width: 168mm
Height: 241mm
Spine: 28mm
Dewey Code 303.40973
Weight 635g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress United States - Social conditions - 1980-, Social change - United States, Elite (Social sciences) - United States
NBS Text Economics: Professional & General
ONIX Text General/trade