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 cente...
|Title||:||Tailspin: The People and Forces Behind America's Fifty-Year Fall–and Those Fighting to Reverse It|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|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
How we got to the state we're in--extreme income inequality, ineffective federal government. crumbling infrastructure etc.-- and signs we might be able to get out.
The subtitle of Tailspin promises a very comprehensive book, one that covers the causes of problems and their solutions. Brill comes up short of the promised comprehensive, critical analysis but produces a thoroughly researched book that has lots of detail about the ways in which America is failing (according to Brill's standards) and how it got to that point.
Brill roots his hypothesis in an interesting place: the movement toward meritocracy and away from cronyism and aristocracy. Leaning heavi ...more
Feeding the populist bonfire.....
"Following the Great Recession, the recovery passed over most of America. Incomes for the top 1 percent rose 31.4 percent from 2009 to 2012, but crept up a barely noticeable .4 percent for the bottom 99 percent. The moats built by those who were largely responsible for the Great Recession, or at least prospered in the run-up to the crash, worked. They survived the damage suffered by everyone else."
A key to the thesis of the book is that the divide is not between ...more
Chronicle of ways America is broken
I was hoping for for more from Mr. Brill.
Author describes 10? ways in which American society is broken. He knows the how did it break, and who did it, and describes this in detail. But I found myself longing for answers to bigger questions: why were things better for middle class before? And were 50s really the American pinnacle?
There is lots of looking back, descriptions of brokenness, very little on how to fix it.
After couple of hours,I found myself speed r ...more
As an aging baby boomer I spend time trying desperately to figure out how we got here. From my senior year in HS with Kent State and heading off to college believing women had equal rights and willing to push for more - how did we get here with Roe v Wade possibly being overturned? How did we get here with children being taken from parents at the Mexican border? How did we get here with pharmaceuticals being advertised for off label uses without consequences ? How did we get here with Congress p ...more
Mr Brill does a fantastic job explaining the problems inherent in our current system without demonizing those that are at the top. They are not evil, only trying to do what is best for themselves. Maybe a bit too anti republican at times, but generally seems unbiased and interested in discovering the truth.
If you feel like America has been on a steady downward trajectory your whole life (and if you don’t, you’re probably extremely wealthy and able to ignore a lot), this book explains why that is and what has to happen to change it. A depressing read; you can know in your gut that things are badly broken and yet be shocked again and again by just how broken they really are. Without quite saying so, Brill seems to be arguing that all the pieces necessary for renewal are in place—America simply needs ...more
This is a book more people should read. We all know things aren't working for the majority of us, this book explains why, and how we got here. Want to know why it takes 80 pages for the army to specify a chocolate chip cookie? This book tells you why.