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“The one e book everybody should learn as we work out how you can rebuild our nation.”—Walter Isaacson, writer of Steve Jobs and Leonardo da Vinci
Throughout the twentieth century, America managed to make its financial and social techniques each increasingly more truthful and increasingly more affluent. An enormous, safe, and contented center class emerged. All boats rose collectively. However then the New Deal gave solution to the Uncooked Deal. Starting within the early 1970s, by the use of an extended struggle conceived of and executed by a confederacy of huge enterprise CEOs, the superrich, and right-wing zealots, the foundations and norms that made the American center class doable had been undermined and dismantled. The clock was turned again on a century of financial progress, making greed good, staff powerless, and the market omnipotent whereas weaponizing nostalgia, lifting up an oligarchy that served solely its personal pursuits, and leaving the large majority of Individuals with dwindling financial prospects and hope.
Why and the way did America take such a fallacious flip? On this deeply researched and brilliantly woven cultural, financial, and political chronicle, Kurt Andersen presents a recent, provocative, and eye-opening historical past of America’s undoing, naming names, exhibiting receipts, and unsparingly assigning blame—to the novel proper in economics and the legislation, the excessive clergymen of excessive finance, a complacent and complicit Institution, and liberal “helpful idiots,” amongst whom he contains himself.
Solely a author with Andersen’s crackling power, deep perception, and talent to attach disparate dots and see complicated techniques with readability may make such a e book each intellectually formidable and vastly entertaining. And solely a author of Andersen’s imaginative and prescient may reckon with our present high-stakes inflection level, and present the best way out of this man-made catastrophe.