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Winners Take All

The Elite Charade of Changing the World
Narrated by: Anand Giridharadas
Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
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Penguin presents the audiobook edition Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World, written and read by Anand Giridharadas. 

The New York Times best seller. 

What explains the spreading backlash against the global elite? In this revelatory investigation, Anand Giridharadas takes us into the inner sanctums of a new gilded age, showing how the elite follow a 'win-win' logic, fighting for equality and justice any way they can - except ways that threaten their position at the top. 

But why should our gravest problems be solved by consultancies, technology companies and corporate-sponsored charities instead of public institutions and elected officials? Why should we rely on scraps from the winners? Trenchant and gripping, this is an indispensable guide and call to action for elites and citizens alike.

©2019 Anand Giridharadas (P)2019 Penguin Books Ltd

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"Entertaining and gripping.... For those at the helm, the philanthropic plutocrats and aspiring 'change agents' who believe they are helping but are actually making things worse, it's time for a reckoning with their role in this spiraling dilemma." (Joseph Stiglitz, New York Times Book Review)

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So greedy

very interesting story a real eye opener as to what is happening at the top and how it affects our everyday lives I will not look upon a philanthropist with the same eyes again.
So much money and so much forgetfulness about the government systems that brought them to where they are.
any social change should be brought about through government action..

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The Helpers and the Helped

How dealing with poverty rather than inequality actually perpetuates the problems produced by inequality. The wealthy givers in their philanthropy may in fact be helping those in need yet such acts fail to take into account the fact that quite often the disparity in the financial position between the givers and the helped was in fact caused through the circumstances of both parties without in fact bringing about any lasting change through appropriate government intervention.

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Disappointing

This book could have been an important polemic but unfortunately the writer makes his arguments through the lives of a dozen or so people and the result is slow moving and in places more than a little boring. I don't want to hear about the life experiences of people I don't know. I got tired of hearing 'he said, she said' and frequently wound forward. Where he does talk in more general or historical terms it is good but that is only a small part of the book.

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Seminal text for anyone interested in seeing the world as it is...

Giridhadas has done us all a real favour here by examining our collective insanity in revering the arsonists who started the fire - thanking them in fact for their offer of cups of water to douse some of the peripheral flames...

He has articulated beautifully my own long-held misgivings about generous super-rich benefactors and the real purposes of their largesse.

Must read.

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Thought provoking but..

...whilst on some points i have sympathy with his views, the author having offered no solution other than ranting and me personally having experienced first hand what life in a communist country was like, where the state was meant to allocate fairly to everybody according to their needs (we know how all that worked out), I couldn’t help but think of what someone wise said along the lines of “capitalism is flawed but nobody has invented a better system yet”.

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