From the award-winning journalist and best-selling author of America's Bitter Pill: a tour de force examination of 1) how and why major American institutions no longer serve us as they should, causing a deep rift between the vulnerable majority and the protected few, and 2) how some individuals and organizations are laying the foundation for real, lasting change.In this revelatory narrative covering the years 1967 to 2017, Steven Brill gives us a stunningly cogent picture of the broken system at the heart of our society. He shows us how, over the last half-century, America's core values--meritocracy, innovation, due process, free speech, and even democracy itself--have somehow managed to power its decline into dysfunction. They have isolated our best and brightest, whose positions at the top have never been more secure or more remote. The result has been an erosion of responsibility and accountability, an epidemic of shortsightedness, an increasingly hollow economic and political center, and millions of Americans gripped by apathy and hopelessness. By examining the people and forces behind the rise of big-money lobbying, legal and financial engineering, the demise of private-sector unions, and a hamstrung bureaucracy, Brill answers the question on everyone's mind: How did we end up this way? Finally, he introduces us to those working quietly and effectively to repair the damages. At once a diagnosis of our national ills, a history of their development, and a prescription for a brighter future, Tailspin is a work of riveting journalism--and a welcome antidote to political despair....
|Title||:||Tailspin: The People and Forces Behind America's Fifty-Year Fall–and Those Fighting to Reverse It|
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|Number of Pages||:||464 pages|
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Tailspin: The People and Forces Behind America's Fifty-Year Fall–and Those Fighting to Reverse It Reviews
Well thought out and documented (one third of the book is citations and references). This book does a very good job of mapping what has gone wrong with our U.S. cultural and political situation since WW II, then goes the extra step of suggesting how things might be fixed. The book should be mandatory reading in all American High Schools. At times the writing style is a bit like a legal brief (no surprise, given the author's background) -- I'd love to see a hard-hitting 100 page version of this b ...more
Although Brill starts talking about the virtues of the meritocracy he spends a great deal of time giving a fine-grained analysis of how they screwed over the country in the past four or five decades to the point where for most people we are not a viable republic while the elites of meritocratic order (and I emphasize that the merit part should be viewed with suspicion and irony) enriched themselves and gated themselves off from the rest of us to the greater populations detriment. Brill describes ...more
Fascinating analysis of the historical factors that created the current social and political climate.
Why don't things work in America the way they should or the way they used to? I picked up Tailspin because I saw it referenced for stating the world's richest country has "the highest poverty rate among the 35 nations in the OECD except Mexico". WHAT! Fewer Americans are satisfied with the country and the income gap between haves and have-nots has widened. Steven Brill suggests how people and forces have caused a 50-year American Tailspin. Meritocracy is typically considered to be a positive for ...more
6/1/18 - Time Magazine ad looked interesting.