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
Tailspin is journalist Steven Brill's attempt to determine what's recently gone wrong in America.
His thesis centers on a cultural shift he sees that began around 1965. Starting then America divided into an elite and those he calls "the unprotected many". Since then the elite successfully "overmatched, overran, and paralyzed the government" to grow and preserve their gains (7).
Each chapter of Tailspin focused on one aspect of that transformation. Brill addresses the rise of a meritocracy starti ...more
Why We’re in the Fix We Are
If you’ve been paying attention for the past few years, what Steven Brill tells you in his often times infuriating new book Tailspin will not surprise you. There’s a tremendous and still expanding disparity between the haves and the have-nots. The haves control the levers of government and they work actively to reduce government, because, frankly, government can do little for them; from their viewpoint, it mostly hinders them. The have-nots control nothing. They really ...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.
Excellent and comprehensive study of the economy, trade, infrastructure, politics, government and culture in the U.S. causing the downfall of our society. Brill’s solutions are a little lame, it seems to me, but, as he states, if there were a real uprising of the people to demand change in the areas he targets, we may be able to get back on track. Is it too late?
I was a little slower in completing this - partly because I lost the library book and had to buy a new copy, and then found the library copy. :/ and partly because it's dense reading. (it was not as easy reading for me as Bitter Pill). Much to think about!
Excellent journalism and research. Brill doesn’t disappoint. I see this as a 4.5. Annoyed that the reading stats are off.... I was at 70% when the book finished. The rest were sources.
Hard hitting investigative journalism, that reveals the meritocracy, financial engineering, political money, due process, polarization, democratic reforms of the political process, and how they contributed in their own way to the erosion of responsibility and accountability politics corrupted by money and suffused with meanness. However, on the horizon are a group who will lay the ground work for a revival. A must read for all citizens.