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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • 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, economic, and political chronicle, Kurt Andersen offers a fresh, provocative, and eye-opening history of America’s undoing, naming names, showing receipts, and unsparingly assigning blame—to the radical right in economics and the law, the high priests of high finance, a complacent and complicit Establishment, and liberal “useful idiots,” among whom he includes himself.

Only a writer with Andersen’s crackling energy, deep insight, and ability to connect disparate dots and see complex systems with clarity could make such a book both intellectually formidable and vastly entertaining. And only a writer of Andersen’s vision could reckon with our current high-stakes inflection point, and show the way out of this man-made disaster.

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“This is the one book everyone must read as we figure out how to rebuild our country. With lucid writing and head-snapping insights, Kurt Andersen explores how a confederacy of the right and big business, with unabashed greed, deliberately reengineered our economy. To fix that will require understanding the roots of the problem. A triumph.” —Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs and Leonardo da Vinci

“Nostalgia is the antithesis of history. Andersen brilliantly exposes how nostalgia—the strategic oversimplification of our past—has erased complexity and friction from our country’s narrative to serve a single goal: to preserve the status quo for the benefit of those in power.  Evil Geniuses documents how history and nostalgia are engaged in hand-to-hand combat that may determine our future.” —Ken Burns, director of The Civil War and The Roosevelts: An Intimate History

“How did the United States turn from its longstanding egalitarian ideals to its present course of socially and morally catastrophic inequality? Kurt Andersen interrogates the past half century with characteristic intellectual ambition and literary bravado to find out. At once cultural history, memoir, and riff,  Evil Geniuses explains how our country found its way into this predicament, and how we might yet get out of it.” —Jacob Weisberg, author of The Bush Tragedy and Ronald Reagan

Evil Geniuses is a vivid catalog of American sociopolitical history—a dedicated deep dive into this country’s paradoxical legacy of innovation and ego, with Andersen as its clear-eyed, masterful archivist.” —Rebecca Carroll, WNYC cultural critic and host of the podcast Come Through

“Back when the idea of President Reagan still seemed a stretch and President Trump was barely a joke, some serious, smart, committed people with vast appetites and little shame—right-wing intellectuals and billionaires, CEOs and Washington hustlers—launched a long war to create a paradigm shift and rewrite our social contract to their benefit. Andersen’s dazzling, mind-bending, must-read chronicle of that fifty-year crusade explains how it happened, why it succeeded, and, unsettlingly, what that victory means: America is now theirs.” —John Heilemann, host of Showtime’s The Circus, co-author of Game Change and Double Down

“Wow. Evil Geniuses is engaging, enraging, enthralling, appalling; a true tour de force. And most of all, it’s the truth—about how these rapacious bastards have picked this country’s bones for the last fifty years, and what the rest of us need to do to turn the tables. Exactly the book we need right now.” —Michael Tomasky, Daily Beast columnist and author of If We Can Keep It

About the Author

Kurt Andersen is the bestselling author of  Evil GeniusesFantasyland and the novels  True Believers, Heyday and Turn of the Century, among other books. He contributes to  The New York Times and was host and co-creator of  Studio 360, the Peabody Award–winning public radio show and podcast. He also writes for television, film, and the stage. Andersen co-founded  Spy magazine, served as editor in chief of  New York, and was a cultural columnist and design critic for  Time, New York and  The New Yorker. He graduated from Harvard College and lives in Brooklyn.

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As I was working on Fantasyland, reading and thinking about American history, I noticed more connections between the two phenomena—between our simultaneous switch in the 1970s and ’80s to a grisly old-fashioned political economy and to a strenuously, continuously familiar culture. Which led me to spend a couple of years reading and thinking more deeply about both.

A lot more deeply about the economics and politics. That’s what I’d mainly studied in college, but since then I’d mostly just read the news, skimmed along day to day and month to month like anybody whose job never required knowing a lot about deregulation, antitrust, tax codes, pensions, the healthcare industry, the legal fraternity, constitutional law, organized labor, executive compensation, lobbying, billionaires’ networks, the right wing, the dynamics of economic growth, stock buybacks, the financial industry and all its innovations—so many subjects of which I was mostly ignorant.

My immersion was revelatory. Reading hundreds of books and scholarly papers and articles and having conversations with experts made me more or less fluent in those subjects and, more, taught me many small things and one important big thing: what happened around 1980 and afterward was larger and uglier and more multifaceted than I’d known. Inequality is the buzzword, mainly because that’s so simple and quantifiable: in forty years, the share of wealth owned by our richest 1 percent has doubled, the collective net worth of the bottom half has dropped almost to zero, the median weekly pay for a full-time worker has increased by just 0.1 percent a year, only the incomes of the top 10 percent have grown in sync with the economy, and so on. Americans’ boats stopped rising together; most of the boats stopped rising at all. But along with economic inequality reverting to the levels of a century ago and earlier, so has economic insecurity, as well as the corrupting political power of big business and the rich, oligarchy, while economic immobility is almost certainly worse than it’s ever been.

Before I started my research, I’d understood the changes in the 1970s and ’80s hadn’t all just . . . happened, spontaneously. But I didn’t know how long and concerted and strategic the project by the political right and the rich and big business had been. One of my subjects in Fantasyland   is how conspiracy-theorizing became an American bad habit, a way our chronic mixing of fiction and reality got the best of us. Of course there are secretive cabals of powerful people who work to make big bad things happen, actual conspiracies, but the proliferation of conspiracy theories since the 1960s, so many so preposterous, had the unfortunate effect of making reasonable people ignore real plots in plain sight. Likewise, the good reflex to search for and focus on the complexities and nuances of any story, on grays rather than simple whites and blacks, can tend to blind us to some plain dark truths.

I still insist on a preponderance of evidence before I draw conclusions. I still resist reducing messy political and economic reality to catch-phrases like “vast right-wing conspiracy” and “the system is rigged,” but I discovered that in this case the blunt shorthand is essentially correct. It looks more like arson than a purely accidental fire, more like poisoning than a completely natural illness, more like a cheating of the many by  the few. After all, as the god of the economic right himself, Adam Smith, wrote in capitalism’s 1776 bible, The Wealth of Nations: “People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices.”

Evil Geniuses is the book I wish had existed a dozen years ago to help clarify and organize and deepen and focus my thinking and understanding and anger and blame. Like most people over the past decade, I’d noticed this fact here or that infographic there about inequality or insecurity or malign corporate power, but quickly moved on, flittered off to the next headline. But then I decided to go deep into the weeds in order to understand, then come out of the weeds to explain what I’d learned as clearly as I could. I wanted to distill and gather and connect the important facts and explanations in one compact package, to make a coherent picture out of all the puzzle pieces. There are lots of facts and figures in here, but not much jargon at all. By chronicling CEOs and billionaires and intellectu- als and zealots and operators planning and strategizing for years, together and apart, networking and plotting, even memorializing some plots in memos—so many jaw-dropping memos—I’ve tried to tell a compelling story as well as make a persuasive argument about what’s become of us.
 
So how did big business and the very rich and their political allies and enablers manage to convince enough Americans in the 1970s and ’80s that the comfortable economic rules and expectations we’d had in place for half of the twentieth century were obsolete and should be replaced by an older set of assumptions and protocols?

Most people at the time didn’t realize just how immense and pervasive the changes were and certainly not where they’d lead. Reagan’s election and landslide reelection were plainly big deals, some sort of national mandate, but at the time the 1980s seemed more like a post-1960s rever- sion to the historically typical, not really its own moment of wrenching transformation. Whereas during the 1960s, everyone was aware we were experiencing a great turning point in culture and politics, with almost everything changing in obvious ways—like how in the ’30s people were aware in real time that the Depression and New Deal were transformative, the beginning of a new America. The specific policy changes in the 1980s were profound in the aggregate, but beyond the nostalgic Reaganite Morning in America and freer-free-markets messaging, most of the changes were complicated and esoteric and seemed small, so they had a stealth quality. It didn’t feel quite like a paradigm shift because it was mainly carried out by means of a thousand wonky adjustments to government rules and laws, and obscure financial inventions, and big companies one by one changing how they operated and getting away with it—all of it with impacts that emerged gradually, over decades. Social Security and Medicare benefits were not cut, the EPA wasn’t abolished, labor unions weren’t banned. As it turned out, the 1980s were the ’30s but in reverse: instead of a fast-acting New Deal, a time-release Raw Deal.

But the reengineering was helped along because the masterminds of the economic right brilliantly used the madly proliferating nostalgia. By dressing up their mean new rich-get-richer system in old-time patriotic drag. By portraying low taxes on the rich and unregulated business and weak unions and a weak federal government as the only ways back to some kind of rugged, frontiersy, stronger, better America. And by choosing as their front man a winsome 1950s actor in a cowboy hat, the very embodiment of a certain flavor of American nostalgia.

Of course, Ronald Reagan didn’t cheerfully announce in 1980 that if Americans elected him, private profit and market values would override all other American values; that as the economy grew nobody but the well-to-do would share in the additional bounty; that many millions of  middle-class jobs and careers would vanish, along with fixed private pensions and reliable healthcare; that a college degree would simultaneously become unaffordable and almost essential to earning a good income; that enforcement of antimonopoly laws would end; that meaningful control of political contributions by big business and the rich would be declared unconstitutional; that Washington lobbying would increase by 1,000 percent; that our revived and practically religious deference to business would enable a bizarre American denial of climate science and absolute refusal to treat the climate crisis as a crisis; that after doubling the share of the nation’s income that it took for itself, a deregulated Wall Street  would nearly bring down the financial system, ravage the economy, and pay no price for its recklessness; and that the federal government he’d committed to discrediting and undermining would thus be especially ill-equipped to deal with a pandemic and its consequences.

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Jeff LeVine
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Far too depressing
Reviewed in the United States on August 28, 2020
It doesn’t make a lot of sense for me to give this book a rating, as I didn’t finish it, I only made it to page 220 or so, but I can take a minute to explain why. I simply found this book far too unrelentingly depressing to continue. I get it – it’s laser focused on how... See more
It doesn’t make a lot of sense for me to give this book a rating, as I didn’t finish it, I only made it to page 220 or so, but I can take a minute to explain why. I simply found this book far too unrelentingly depressing to continue. I get it – it’s laser focused on how things went wrong – and believe me, I didn’t need any convincing that things in America have gone wrong, but reading about how and why in such detail and at such length – it just became more than I could take. Especially the chapters digging deep into economics and employment. For my own mental health I realized I just shouldn’t read any more. Probably the most depressing book I ever tried to read.
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Well Worth the Time to Read this Book
Reviewed in the United States on August 23, 2020
It was a journey reading this book, but worth the time. Most of us have a poor understanding of economics and capitalism. We grew up getting by, participating in our own culture, work, and family. We hardly noticed that we are living in a time of extreme political economics... See more
It was a journey reading this book, but worth the time. Most of us have a poor understanding of economics and capitalism. We grew up getting by, participating in our own culture, work, and family. We hardly noticed that we are living in a time of extreme political economics and political capitalism.

Kurt Andersen has written a wonderfully useful book to educate us about the unmaking of America. The main subject of the book is the excessive power granted to big business starting in the 1970s. The book provides detailed information on free-market political economics in America and the many evil geniuses that made it happen.

Andersen explains how our downfall began with a complete restructuring of our political economy. Topics such as supply-side economics, tax cuts, deregulation, anti-trust enforcement, labor, law, and everything imaginable to benefit the rich and big business. Those in control told us that big business and greed are good, big government is bad.

The theme of nostalgia and cultural nostalgia was woven throughout the book illustrating how we long for the past, and what nostalgia does to us by shaping our present.

The review of history from the 1960s to the present made me think: where was I when all this happened. I like most people have been ideologically inconsistent and ignorant of what was happening to our economy. Read this book to find out what we missed the past 40 years and to see how things have come together looking back through history.

I especially liked Part One - A Brief History of America through the 1960s. The 1970s and 1980s are discussed in much detail with background information and quotes from the evil geniuses that led us astray.

The conclusion of the book is simply: do we move forward toward a better more equitable society or do we remain in some sort of stasis. Hopefully, the pendulum will start to move from the right to the center.

388 pages of text; plus, introduction, bibliography, and an especially useful index. Recommended.
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A book everyone should read.
Reviewed in the United States on August 14, 2020
This book helps explain why things are as they are, how it got this way, and points us in directions to help make things better. Brings social responsibility into clear focus.
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Writing Brilliance! Now I really understand the history, and what we need to do!
Reviewed in the United States on August 17, 2020
Writing/book is superb, BEST & MOST INFORMATIVE BOOK EVER! [why we are where we are, and how to correct] Historical build-up, topical understanding, fact-based history. Worth 2X the price!, Best & Most Important Read of the Decade! Must Buy!
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Put America Back On Track or Lose It!
Reviewed in the United States on August 28, 2020
I agree with a previous reviewer that everyone should read this book. We have hard work ahead of us to fix the mess that the oligarchs (the rich wealthy, greedy Evil Geniuses like the Koch Brothers, the Mercers, their beneficiaries like complicit Republicans and Fox News... See more
I agree with a previous reviewer that everyone should read this book. We have hard work ahead of us to fix the mess that the oligarchs (the rich wealthy, greedy Evil Geniuses like the Koch Brothers, the Mercers, their beneficiaries like complicit Republicans and Fox News personalities) in America have done to our politics, our economy, our judiciary, and most of all to ALL OF US: rich, middle class and poor alike. We will become Russia if we do not take stock and productively and fairly fix our present and future for us and our children and everyone; AND keep working always to form a more perfect Union. Our parents, grandparents, great grandparents, etc... had to fight wars, robbers barons, and autocrats/kleptocrats, mean/bad people, etc.) Like the good people before us, we are in for the literal fight of our lives as our present and future depends on our efforts now. Please read this book. We must all pull together and create a BETTER New Deal for all. VOTE and GET TO WORK on fixong America!
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thoughtful, in-depth history and a wake up call to dems as to mastering marketing
Reviewed in the United States on August 13, 2020
seeing how the dems have fallen behind the mastery of marketing and the stale attitudes i saw from the inside when working on 2016''s campaign, this book nails the evil genius secret sauce dems are missing. dem party has lost its way and lost its ability to tell stories.
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Every American should read this book - how we got here, and where we should go next
Reviewed in the United States on August 21, 2020
A profoundly important book for understanding America''s political/economic/cultural evolution over the last 50 years. Well-researched, clear and informative, and beautifully written. You should think about this book for along time. Where do we go from here has rarely been a... See more
A profoundly important book for understanding America''s political/economic/cultural evolution over the last 50 years. Well-researched, clear and informative, and beautifully written. You should think about this book for along time. Where do we go from here has rarely been a more important question.
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Reviewed in the United States on August 16, 2020
The author has a very hard time getting to the point. Often brings in events that aren’t relevant. Sorry I bought it
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John A.
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A fascinating tale of the USA’s 40 year slide into a social, political and economic dystopia!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 16, 2020
Without a doubt, and thanks largely to Roosevelt’s New Deal, America’s best era was the twenty years following the end of WW2, characterised by benign government, a vibrant economy and a generally kinder, more cohesive, society; most jobs tended to be well-paid and,...See more
Without a doubt, and thanks largely to Roosevelt’s New Deal, America’s best era was the twenty years following the end of WW2, characterised by benign government, a vibrant economy and a generally kinder, more cohesive, society; most jobs tended to be well-paid and, typically, a single wage-earner per household would guarantee a more than acceptable standard of living. During this period, Americans, by and large, tended to trust their governments but this began to go awry, starting with the disastrous Vietnam War, the race riots (following the assassination of Martin Luther King) and, ultimately, the unmasking of the criminal Watergate conspiracy, leading to the resignation from office of President Richard Nixon. A group far less enamoured by the New Deal (and the Keynesian economics it embraced) were those on the Far-Right of US politics, namely the super-rich, big business and, naturally, Wall Street, all of whom were incandescent over the high marginal tax rates they were being asked to pay. During the 12 or so years culminating in Ronald Reagan’s 1980 election victory, an insidious campaign, mounted by these conservative elements and with cooperation from parts of the media, drip-fed the message that the nation’s unrest and distrust was the inevitable result of ‘too much socialism’; the concept of Neoliberalism was, accordingly, put forward as a remedy. The basic tenets of this doctrine are small government, large tax reductions for the wealthy and deregulation, all of which were subsequently pursued by Reagan and remain the main policy pillars of US Republicans to this day. Four decades on, the cost of the Neoliberal project has been a disaster, with the economic elite wealthy to obscene levels, the middle-class all but wiped out and the poor struggling along as best they can. Back in 2016, this widespread and profound outrage at Washington was seized upon as an election game-changer by Donald Trump, when he vowed to “drain the swamp”. Although Trump certainly attracted support from dubious circles (white racists, religious nuts and the gun lobby) others undoubtedly voted for him to clean up Congress and give them a better and fairer stake in society. We will all have our opinions on the success (or otherwise) of Trump’s term in office but, over the past four years, one ‘achievement’ seems to stand out, namely a one trillion dollar tax cut - for the wealthy!! To conclude, Mr Andersen covers all the above ground in interesting detail and in an engaging style, which is never boring but, importantly, there is also humour in his presentation, possibly even some optimism, which I hope is not misplaced.
Without a doubt, and thanks largely to Roosevelt’s New Deal, America’s best era was the twenty years following the end of WW2, characterised by benign government, a vibrant economy and a generally kinder, more cohesive, society; most jobs tended to be well-paid and, typically, a single wage-earner per household would guarantee a more than acceptable standard of living. During this period, Americans, by and large, tended to trust their governments but this began to go awry, starting with the disastrous Vietnam War, the race riots (following the assassination of Martin Luther King) and, ultimately, the unmasking of the criminal Watergate conspiracy, leading to the resignation from office of President Richard Nixon. A group far less enamoured by the New Deal (and the Keynesian economics it embraced) were those on the Far-Right of US politics, namely the super-rich, big business and, naturally, Wall Street, all of whom were incandescent over the high marginal tax rates they were being asked to pay. During the 12 or so years culminating in Ronald Reagan’s 1980 election victory, an insidious campaign, mounted by these conservative elements and with cooperation from parts of the media, drip-fed the message that the nation’s unrest and distrust was the inevitable result of ‘too much socialism’; the concept of Neoliberalism was, accordingly, put forward as a remedy. The basic tenets of this doctrine are small government, large tax reductions for the wealthy and deregulation, all of which were subsequently pursued by Reagan and remain the main policy pillars of US Republicans to this day. Four decades on, the cost of the Neoliberal project has been a disaster, with the economic elite wealthy to obscene levels, the middle-class all but wiped out and the poor struggling along as best they can. Back in 2016, this widespread and profound outrage at Washington was seized upon as an election game-changer by Donald Trump, when he vowed to “drain the swamp”. Although Trump certainly attracted support from dubious circles (white racists, religious nuts and the gun lobby) others undoubtedly voted for him to clean up Congress and give them a better and fairer stake in society. We will all have our opinions on the success (or otherwise) of Trump’s term in office but, over the past four years, one ‘achievement’ seems to stand out, namely a one trillion dollar tax cut - for the wealthy!! To conclude, Mr Andersen covers all the above ground in interesting detail and in an engaging style, which is never boring but, importantly, there is also humour in his presentation, possibly even some optimism, which I hope is not misplaced.
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Important analysis of the rich agenda in the US since 1980
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 24, 2021
This book provides a powerful and detailed analysis of how the rich in the US have secured their interests and money at the expense of particularly an increasingly de-unionised and atomised working class and an ever increasingly diminishing and struggling middle class....See more
This book provides a powerful and detailed analysis of how the rich in the US have secured their interests and money at the expense of particularly an increasingly de-unionised and atomised working class and an ever increasingly diminishing and struggling middle class. Substantial quotes are given from important people with dates of meetings and evolvement of strategy. Just some aspects, the challenge to scientific analysis of global warming to protect the oil and car industries. A constant mantra that government is bad and tax cuts good. The stock market that is seen as the only real indication of a company''s value. And then mobilising a bunch of crazies who argue against aboriton rights and gay rights. Well, that will keep the left occupied while us rich folks just enact a whole range of measures to make ourselves wealthier at the expense of others and the climate. Then we get Trump. Well, here we have it. The crazies are mobilised in support, scientific evidence is questioned and ignored. Government is wrong even when its Trump''s own government - remember the FREE here there and everywhere campaign against Trump''s own measures. No coherent Countrywide Government strategy, cos Government is bad. The only thing Trump took seriously was share prices. AND OF COURSE huge tax breaks for the rich. Trump is not an aberation but the culmination of themes that the rich and the right have been developing since the 70''s. Want to understand more, then you have to read this book. Solutions put forward are self-admittedly vague and I feel this is the weakest part of the book. He does call for stronger trade unions and this is essential to try to redress many of the wrongs done to workers but I feel he has too much faith in the Democratic Party which let''s face it has been the moderating grave yard for many progressive movements in the US. However, as an analysis of how a Ruling Class wages class war to successfully protect its interests and wealth, this book is not just good, it''s essential reading.
This book provides a powerful and detailed analysis of how the rich in the US have secured their interests and money at the expense of particularly an increasingly de-unionised and atomised working class and an ever increasingly diminishing and struggling middle class. Substantial quotes are given from important people with dates of meetings and evolvement of strategy. Just some aspects, the challenge to scientific analysis of global warming to protect the oil and car industries. A constant mantra that government is bad and tax cuts good. The stock market that is seen as the only real indication of a company''s value. And then mobilising a bunch of crazies who argue against aboriton rights and gay rights. Well, that will keep the left occupied while us rich folks just enact a whole range of measures to make ourselves wealthier at the expense of others and the climate.

Then we get Trump. Well, here we have it. The crazies are mobilised in support, scientific evidence is questioned and ignored. Government is wrong even when its Trump''s own government - remember the FREE here there and everywhere campaign against Trump''s own measures. No coherent Countrywide Government strategy, cos Government is bad. The only thing Trump took seriously was share prices. AND OF COURSE huge tax breaks for the rich.

Trump is not an aberation but the culmination of themes that the rich and the right have been developing since the 70''s. Want to understand more, then you have to read this book.

Solutions put forward are self-admittedly vague and I feel this is the weakest part of the book. He does call for stronger trade unions and this is essential to try to redress many of the wrongs done to workers but I feel he has too much faith in the Democratic Party which let''s face it has been the moderating grave yard for many progressive movements in the US.

However, as an analysis of how a Ruling Class wages class war to successfully protect its interests and wealth, this book is not just good, it''s essential reading.
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An Eye-Popping History
Reviewed in Canada on March 2, 2021
Book arrived Feb 15 2021 This is a great history of how the GOP took over the political economy of the usa. And, how the Dems got to where they are today. This is an easy read. I personally watch for any bias by any author when reading this form of commentary (conservative...See more
Book arrived Feb 15 2021 This is a great history of how the GOP took over the political economy of the usa. And, how the Dems got to where they are today. This is an easy read. I personally watch for any bias by any author when reading this form of commentary (conservative or liberal). Most certainly there will be scathing criticism of the book. Treating it as history, though, and maintaining a close watch on past and present events the reader can parse any partisanship bias. Having finished the book I now have an appreciation for the event of the malaise in that nation.
Book arrived Feb 15 2021
This is a great history of how the GOP took over the political economy of the usa. And, how the Dems got to where they are today. This is an easy read. I personally watch for any bias by any author when reading this form of commentary (conservative or liberal). Most certainly there will be scathing criticism of the book. Treating it as history, though, and maintaining a close watch on past and present events the reader can parse any partisanship bias. Having finished the book I now have an appreciation for the event of the malaise in that nation.
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A heady read
Reviewed in Canada on September 28, 2020
It takes a fair bit of effort to get through it because it''s a veritable tome. Excellent read, though, and I''m sure that I could have doubled my involvement in it by delving into the references and double checking my understanding more often as I read every chapter. It...See more
It takes a fair bit of effort to get through it because it''s a veritable tome. Excellent read, though, and I''m sure that I could have doubled my involvement in it by delving into the references and double checking my understanding more often as I read every chapter. It makes a compelling case for a complete rewrite of the social contract of America, redistribution of wealth, corporate responsibility, and a rethink in what a government can and should be for a country. I''d argue that, first amendment challenges aside, it also provides plenty of ammunition for the dissolution of lobby groups, think tanks, super PACs and corporate funding of academic chairs. Excellent book. Well worth 5 stars and many hours of reading.
It takes a fair bit of effort to get through it because it''s a veritable tome. Excellent read, though, and I''m sure that I could have doubled my involvement in it by delving into the references and double checking my understanding more often as I read every chapter.
It makes a compelling case for a complete rewrite of the social contract of America, redistribution of wealth, corporate responsibility, and a rethink in what a government can and should be for a country.
I''d argue that, first amendment challenges aside, it also provides plenty of ammunition for the dissolution of lobby groups, think tanks, super PACs and corporate funding of academic chairs.
Excellent book. Well worth 5 stars and many hours of reading.
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Une histoire contemporaine des USA
Reviewed in Canada on September 17, 2021
Recommandé par un prof d''histoire des USA. M.Andersen, journaliste au NYT pendant trois décennies décrit la contre-révolution corporative en réaction aux acquis sociaux des Trente Glorieuses (les années après la guerre), la montée de Friedman, Powell et la présidence...See more
Recommandé par un prof d''histoire des USA. M.Andersen, journaliste au NYT pendant trois décennies décrit la contre-révolution corporative en réaction aux acquis sociaux des Trente Glorieuses (les années après la guerre), la montée de Friedman, Powell et la présidence Reagan. Cette contre-révolution aboutit au présent chaos et à la guerre civile larvée qui se déroule sous nos yeux. Essentiel.
Recommandé par un prof d''histoire des USA. M.Andersen, journaliste au NYT pendant trois décennies décrit la contre-révolution corporative en réaction aux acquis sociaux des Trente Glorieuses (les années après la guerre), la montée de Friedman, Powell et la présidence Reagan. Cette contre-révolution aboutit au présent chaos et à la guerre civile larvée qui se déroule sous nos yeux.
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