Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World

Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World

An insider's groundbreaking investigation of how the global elite's efforts to "change the world" preserve the status quo and obscure their role in causing the problems they later seek to solve. Former New York Times columnist Anand Giridharadas takes us into the inner sanctums of a new gilded age, where the rich and powerful fight for equality and justice any way they can- An insider's groundbreaking investigation of how the global elite's efforts to "change the world" preserve the status...

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Title:Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World
Author:Anand Giridharadas
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0451493249
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World Reviews

  • Michael Siliski
    Jan 31, 2019

    What Trump and Idealists Have in Common ?Making a difference? could be the idealistic theme of my generation?s collective ethos - at least among those of us who survived the drug-culture of the 60?s and 70?s with intact minds. The world had been opened to us by cheap acces...

    Did you watch Zuckerberg testify before the Senate committees about Facebook and the 2018 election? Were you struck by how blithely unrepentant he seemed, how convinced that his titanic, poorly monitored data base?which he habitually describes as ?a community??is an unalloyed...

    This is another book recommended to me by Richard. In many ways this is a similar and perhaps an even better book than ?Small Change: Why business won?t save the world? by Michael Edwards. Under my review of that book Jan-Maat mentions Andrew Carnegie ? and he gets quite a run ...

    Winners Take All is the hardest book I have ever read. Not because it was inaccessible or esoteric, but because it forced a long overdue look in the mirror. Being in the tech industry I?ve been swept up in thought leadership, heroic philanthropy, and the promise of innovation to ...

    This is an excellent book and a must-read! It's also totally readable and even quite funny at times. And it's the kind of book that you keep bringing up in conversation and then trailing off and saying---you just really have to read this book. The oversimplified thesis is that you can'...

    As someone who has dithered on the edges of "elites changing the world", much of this rings true and I believe (and grapple) with the tension between the sometimes necessary power/influence/fortune needed, as we strive for justice and equity. An article that I always refer back to is N...

    Before you read this book, read the author?s bio. For someone who is so critical of elites hiding in their hobbit holes, he waits until the acknowledgments section at the end to let you know that he is one of them. I found this incredibly bizarre. He says the reason is because he did...

    Very mixed feelings about this book. I liked some parts too much to give a low rating, disliked other parts too much to give a high rating, and don't feel those should average out. While I was reading, I was considering a criticism that this book is ultimately not engaged in critica...

    I ADORED this book. It was not without its flaws, including being super biased, one sided and judgmental, but I LOVED it. I?ve been a total MarketWorlder, assuming business was the best vehicle for making change and business school was the most effective way to learn now. And this bo...

    Philanthropy exists mainly to enable the super-rich and super-powerful to defer any serious discussion of a serious reordering of power and wealth, argues Giridharadas. Through a series of vignettes both of the super-rich and super-powerful themselves, who prove themselves unable to co...

    Very much in the tradition of Thomas Frank and the Baffler Magazine. This lampoons the TED talking Thought leaders and Elon Musks hanging around Davos and Martha's Vineyard. You know the plutocrats on a mission to save us all. I don't know if they do it the avoid scrutiny or salve thei...

    Incisive, hard-hitting critique on philanthrocapitalism full of sarcasm, humour and a ton of food for thought. The author very clearly lays out his privileges, insider-outsider status and unpacks the whole 'i want to save the world' charade that elite across the world are engaged in. I...

    on point synopsis from The New Yorker.... Anand Giridharadas takes on the ethos of ?doing good by doing well?: the feel-good ideology that enables people who think of themselves as good, principled, politically aware, and even woke to contribute to?and benefit from?ever-incr...

    It's hard to argue with any of the blatantly obvious points Giridharadas makes, but in chapter after chapter his targets prove themselves immune to the criticism. The whole book is a collective portrait of a class well-described by Tolstoy in one of the book's epigraphs: ?I sit on...

    so good! an insider look at the moral bankruptcy of philanthrocapitalism. very accessible but still riveting. highly recommended ...

    This book was definitely an eye-opener for me. As one who deals with charities and non-profits some, it saddened me to see how much that world is being abused by those with the most money to spare. The richest 1% have managed to grow in power and influence over the past decades so t...

    "Winners Take All" is an important and timely book. Giridharadas examines the fundamental limitations and contradictions of those who work for social change from a position of wealth and prestige. His central theme is "the master's tools will never dismantle the master's house," that i...

    I enjoyed reading about this topic in the New Yorker and am sympathetic to the author's view of things. But the beginning of this book was so relentlessly repetitious that I couldn't carry on reading it. I felt that it went beyond "not my taste" to "where is your editor?". ...

    I found this a very enjoying read that really helped me coalesce some recent thoughts I've had recently on the subject. I first heard about the book on the Ezra Klein podcast (I would recommend listening to it as well to get Ezra's questions) and decided it was worth a try. It was. ...

    "Inspire the rich to do more good, but never, ever tell them to do less harm; inspire them to give back, but never, ever tell them to take less; inspire them to join the solution, but never, ever accuse them of being part of the problem." I say, sometimes, "How do those people sleep...

    The author crystallizes a good critique and rebuke of the intellectual elite classes, though he waits until the acknowledgements to, well, acknowledge a fuller extent of how much he was part of the problem and to an extent still is. It?s evident elsewhere anyway, as he only menti...

    We live in a world where every SV exec and company, even ones laughably so (Coca-Cola? Facebook?) claim to be changing the world for the better, doing good and are involved in charitable donations. With so much charity and well-meaning, why hasn't the average American seen an income ch...

    A phenomenally thought-provoking book examining the myths and fallacies of change and problem solving via market-driven solutions advocated by global elites seeking win-win solutions that fail to address the root causes of problems for which those elites may be the very causes or enabl...

    111th book for 2018. We used to have public intellectuals, now we have thought leaders. Intellectuals wrote books with difficult truths that people didn't like; thought leaders give empowering talks at Davos and TED. If this sounds too hard, consider that "social inequality" is a...

    Winners Take All is about the elite?s ?charade of changing the world.? Specifically, it?s about how wealthy people do a modest bit of good (through philanthropy) while doing nothing about larger systems of injustice (that they may or may not benefit from). The author?s lin...

    To take on the philanthropists of the world, accusing them of being part of a charade, takes some nerve. Giridhardas, a former New York Times Columnist and author, appears to have this in plenty. The fireworks start from the title, through to the opening quote from Leo Tolstoy. ?...

    Recommended if you?re angry at liberal elites and want to lean into that anger with some anecdotes and an uncomplicated narrative. Winners Take All tells the story of how a new elite of market-oriented, globe-trotting philanthropists have convinced themselves and the rest of us th...

  • Bill  Kerwin
    Oct 20, 2018

    What Trump and Idealists Have in Common ?Making a difference? could be the idealistic theme of my generation?s collective ethos - at least among those of us who survived the drug-culture of the 60?s and 70?s with intact minds. The world had been opened to us by cheap acces...

    Did you watch Zuckerberg testify before the Senate committees about Facebook and the 2018 election? Were you struck by how blithely unrepentant he seemed, how convinced that his titanic, poorly monitored data base?which he habitually describes as ?a community??is an unalloyed...

  • Trevor
    Sep 23, 2018

    What Trump and Idealists Have in Common ?Making a difference? could be the idealistic theme of my generation?s collective ethos - at least among those of us who survived the drug-culture of the 60?s and 70?s with intact minds. The world had been opened to us by cheap acces...

    Did you watch Zuckerberg testify before the Senate committees about Facebook and the 2018 election? Were you struck by how blithely unrepentant he seemed, how convinced that his titanic, poorly monitored data base?which he habitually describes as ?a community??is an unalloyed...

    This is another book recommended to me by Richard. In many ways this is a similar and perhaps an even better book than ?Small Change: Why business won?t save the world? by Michael Edwards. Under my review of that book Jan-Maat mentions Andrew Carnegie ? and he gets quite a run ...

  • Abby
    Oct 10, 2018

    What Trump and Idealists Have in Common ?Making a difference? could be the idealistic theme of my generation?s collective ethos - at least among those of us who survived the drug-culture of the 60?s and 70?s with intact minds. The world had been opened to us by cheap acces...

    Did you watch Zuckerberg testify before the Senate committees about Facebook and the 2018 election? Were you struck by how blithely unrepentant he seemed, how convinced that his titanic, poorly monitored data base?which he habitually describes as ?a community??is an unalloyed...

    This is another book recommended to me by Richard. In many ways this is a similar and perhaps an even better book than ?Small Change: Why business won?t save the world? by Michael Edwards. Under my review of that book Jan-Maat mentions Andrew Carnegie ? and he gets quite a run ...

    Winners Take All is the hardest book I have ever read. Not because it was inaccessible or esoteric, but because it forced a long overdue look in the mirror. Being in the tech industry I?ve been swept up in thought leadership, heroic philanthropy, and the promise of innovation to ...

    This is an excellent book and a must-read! It's also totally readable and even quite funny at times. And it's the kind of book that you keep bringing up in conversation and then trailing off and saying---you just really have to read this book. The oversimplified thesis is that you can'...

    As someone who has dithered on the edges of "elites changing the world", much of this rings true and I believe (and grapple) with the tension between the sometimes necessary power/influence/fortune needed, as we strive for justice and equity. An article that I always refer back to is N...

    Before you read this book, read the author?s bio. For someone who is so critical of elites hiding in their hobbit holes, he waits until the acknowledgments section at the end to let you know that he is one of them. I found this incredibly bizarre. He says the reason is because he did...

    Very mixed feelings about this book. I liked some parts too much to give a low rating, disliked other parts too much to give a high rating, and don't feel those should average out. While I was reading, I was considering a criticism that this book is ultimately not engaged in critica...

    I ADORED this book. It was not without its flaws, including being super biased, one sided and judgmental, but I LOVED it. I?ve been a total MarketWorlder, assuming business was the best vehicle for making change and business school was the most effective way to learn now. And this bo...

    Philanthropy exists mainly to enable the super-rich and super-powerful to defer any serious discussion of a serious reordering of power and wealth, argues Giridharadas. Through a series of vignettes both of the super-rich and super-powerful themselves, who prove themselves unable to co...

    Very much in the tradition of Thomas Frank and the Baffler Magazine. This lampoons the TED talking Thought leaders and Elon Musks hanging around Davos and Martha's Vineyard. You know the plutocrats on a mission to save us all. I don't know if they do it the avoid scrutiny or salve thei...

    Incisive, hard-hitting critique on philanthrocapitalism full of sarcasm, humour and a ton of food for thought. The author very clearly lays out his privileges, insider-outsider status and unpacks the whole 'i want to save the world' charade that elite across the world are engaged in. I...

    on point synopsis from The New Yorker.... Anand Giridharadas takes on the ethos of ?doing good by doing well?: the feel-good ideology that enables people who think of themselves as good, principled, politically aware, and even woke to contribute to?and benefit from?ever-incr...

    It's hard to argue with any of the blatantly obvious points Giridharadas makes, but in chapter after chapter his targets prove themselves immune to the criticism. The whole book is a collective portrait of a class well-described by Tolstoy in one of the book's epigraphs: ?I sit on...

    so good! an insider look at the moral bankruptcy of philanthrocapitalism. very accessible but still riveting. highly recommended ...

    This book was definitely an eye-opener for me. As one who deals with charities and non-profits some, it saddened me to see how much that world is being abused by those with the most money to spare. The richest 1% have managed to grow in power and influence over the past decades so t...

    "Winners Take All" is an important and timely book. Giridharadas examines the fundamental limitations and contradictions of those who work for social change from a position of wealth and prestige. His central theme is "the master's tools will never dismantle the master's house," that i...

    I enjoyed reading about this topic in the New Yorker and am sympathetic to the author's view of things. But the beginning of this book was so relentlessly repetitious that I couldn't carry on reading it. I felt that it went beyond "not my taste" to "where is your editor?". ...

    I found this a very enjoying read that really helped me coalesce some recent thoughts I've had recently on the subject. I first heard about the book on the Ezra Klein podcast (I would recommend listening to it as well to get Ezra's questions) and decided it was worth a try. It was. ...

    "Inspire the rich to do more good, but never, ever tell them to do less harm; inspire them to give back, but never, ever tell them to take less; inspire them to join the solution, but never, ever accuse them of being part of the problem." I say, sometimes, "How do those people sleep...

    The author crystallizes a good critique and rebuke of the intellectual elite classes, though he waits until the acknowledgements to, well, acknowledge a fuller extent of how much he was part of the problem and to an extent still is. It?s evident elsewhere anyway, as he only menti...

    We live in a world where every SV exec and company, even ones laughably so (Coca-Cola? Facebook?) claim to be changing the world for the better, doing good and are involved in charitable donations. With so much charity and well-meaning, why hasn't the average American seen an income ch...

    A phenomenally thought-provoking book examining the myths and fallacies of change and problem solving via market-driven solutions advocated by global elites seeking win-win solutions that fail to address the root causes of problems for which those elites may be the very causes or enabl...

    111th book for 2018. We used to have public intellectuals, now we have thought leaders. Intellectuals wrote books with difficult truths that people didn't like; thought leaders give empowering talks at Davos and TED. If this sounds too hard, consider that "social inequality" is a...

    Winners Take All is about the elite?s ?charade of changing the world.? Specifically, it?s about how wealthy people do a modest bit of good (through philanthropy) while doing nothing about larger systems of injustice (that they may or may not benefit from). The author?s lin...

    To take on the philanthropists of the world, accusing them of being part of a charade, takes some nerve. Giridhardas, a former New York Times Columnist and author, appears to have this in plenty. The fireworks start from the title, through to the opening quote from Leo Tolstoy. ?...

    Recommended if you?re angry at liberal elites and want to lean into that anger with some anecdotes and an uncomplicated narrative. Winners Take All tells the story of how a new elite of market-oriented, globe-trotting philanthropists have convinced themselves and the rest of us th...

    Will write a review later, it's definitely among the most mind-provocative books. In my mind, the following books provide most puzzle pieces to the big picture: Robert Kuttner's "Can Democracy Survive Global Capitalism?" offers an excellent overall view from the angle of economics. ...

    Extremely thought provoking. Nodded my head and said "Yeah!" on virtually every page. "If anyone truly believes that the same ski-town conferences and fellowship programs, the same politicians and policies, the same entrepreneurs and social businesses, the same campaign donors, the ...

    In this book, Giridharadas points to the limits of market or philanthropic solutions for social problems and argues that such innovation may even weaken our existing social system by diverting pent-up demand for change. He critiques the changemaker industrial complex (of Davos, TED tal...

  • Mehrsa
    Aug 31, 2018

    What Trump and Idealists Have in Common ?Making a difference? could be the idealistic theme of my generation?s collective ethos - at least among those of us who survived the drug-culture of the 60?s and 70?s with intact minds. The world had been opened to us by cheap acces...

    Did you watch Zuckerberg testify before the Senate committees about Facebook and the 2018 election? Were you struck by how blithely unrepentant he seemed, how convinced that his titanic, poorly monitored data base?which he habitually describes as ?a community??is an unalloyed...

    This is another book recommended to me by Richard. In many ways this is a similar and perhaps an even better book than ?Small Change: Why business won?t save the world? by Michael Edwards. Under my review of that book Jan-Maat mentions Andrew Carnegie ? and he gets quite a run ...

    Winners Take All is the hardest book I have ever read. Not because it was inaccessible or esoteric, but because it forced a long overdue look in the mirror. Being in the tech industry I?ve been swept up in thought leadership, heroic philanthropy, and the promise of innovation to ...

    This is an excellent book and a must-read! It's also totally readable and even quite funny at times. And it's the kind of book that you keep bringing up in conversation and then trailing off and saying---you just really have to read this book. The oversimplified thesis is that you can'...

  • Meredith
    Sep 15, 2018

    What Trump and Idealists Have in Common ?Making a difference? could be the idealistic theme of my generation?s collective ethos - at least among those of us who survived the drug-culture of the 60?s and 70?s with intact minds. The world had been opened to us by cheap acces...

    Did you watch Zuckerberg testify before the Senate committees about Facebook and the 2018 election? Were you struck by how blithely unrepentant he seemed, how convinced that his titanic, poorly monitored data base?which he habitually describes as ?a community??is an unalloyed...

    This is another book recommended to me by Richard. In many ways this is a similar and perhaps an even better book than ?Small Change: Why business won?t save the world? by Michael Edwards. Under my review of that book Jan-Maat mentions Andrew Carnegie ? and he gets quite a run ...

    Winners Take All is the hardest book I have ever read. Not because it was inaccessible or esoteric, but because it forced a long overdue look in the mirror. Being in the tech industry I?ve been swept up in thought leadership, heroic philanthropy, and the promise of innovation to ...

    This is an excellent book and a must-read! It's also totally readable and even quite funny at times. And it's the kind of book that you keep bringing up in conversation and then trailing off and saying---you just really have to read this book. The oversimplified thesis is that you can'...

    As someone who has dithered on the edges of "elites changing the world", much of this rings true and I believe (and grapple) with the tension between the sometimes necessary power/influence/fortune needed, as we strive for justice and equity. An article that I always refer back to is N...

    Before you read this book, read the author?s bio. For someone who is so critical of elites hiding in their hobbit holes, he waits until the acknowledgments section at the end to let you know that he is one of them. I found this incredibly bizarre. He says the reason is because he did...

    Very mixed feelings about this book. I liked some parts too much to give a low rating, disliked other parts too much to give a high rating, and don't feel those should average out. While I was reading, I was considering a criticism that this book is ultimately not engaged in critica...

    I ADORED this book. It was not without its flaws, including being super biased, one sided and judgmental, but I LOVED it. I?ve been a total MarketWorlder, assuming business was the best vehicle for making change and business school was the most effective way to learn now. And this bo...

  • Emily
    Dec 28, 2018

    What Trump and Idealists Have in Common ?Making a difference? could be the idealistic theme of my generation?s collective ethos - at least among those of us who survived the drug-culture of the 60?s and 70?s with intact minds. The world had been opened to us by cheap acces...

    Did you watch Zuckerberg testify before the Senate committees about Facebook and the 2018 election? Were you struck by how blithely unrepentant he seemed, how convinced that his titanic, poorly monitored data base?which he habitually describes as ?a community??is an unalloyed...

    This is another book recommended to me by Richard. In many ways this is a similar and perhaps an even better book than ?Small Change: Why business won?t save the world? by Michael Edwards. Under my review of that book Jan-Maat mentions Andrew Carnegie ? and he gets quite a run ...

    Winners Take All is the hardest book I have ever read. Not because it was inaccessible or esoteric, but because it forced a long overdue look in the mirror. Being in the tech industry I?ve been swept up in thought leadership, heroic philanthropy, and the promise of innovation to ...

    This is an excellent book and a must-read! It's also totally readable and even quite funny at times. And it's the kind of book that you keep bringing up in conversation and then trailing off and saying---you just really have to read this book. The oversimplified thesis is that you can'...

    As someone who has dithered on the edges of "elites changing the world", much of this rings true and I believe (and grapple) with the tension between the sometimes necessary power/influence/fortune needed, as we strive for justice and equity. An article that I always refer back to is N...

    Before you read this book, read the author?s bio. For someone who is so critical of elites hiding in their hobbit holes, he waits until the acknowledgments section at the end to let you know that he is one of them. I found this incredibly bizarre. He says the reason is because he did...

    Very mixed feelings about this book. I liked some parts too much to give a low rating, disliked other parts too much to give a high rating, and don't feel those should average out. While I was reading, I was considering a criticism that this book is ultimately not engaged in critica...

    I ADORED this book. It was not without its flaws, including being super biased, one sided and judgmental, but I LOVED it. I?ve been a total MarketWorlder, assuming business was the best vehicle for making change and business school was the most effective way to learn now. And this bo...

    Philanthropy exists mainly to enable the super-rich and super-powerful to defer any serious discussion of a serious reordering of power and wealth, argues Giridharadas. Through a series of vignettes both of the super-rich and super-powerful themselves, who prove themselves unable to co...

    Very much in the tradition of Thomas Frank and the Baffler Magazine. This lampoons the TED talking Thought leaders and Elon Musks hanging around Davos and Martha's Vineyard. You know the plutocrats on a mission to save us all. I don't know if they do it the avoid scrutiny or salve thei...

    Incisive, hard-hitting critique on philanthrocapitalism full of sarcasm, humour and a ton of food for thought. The author very clearly lays out his privileges, insider-outsider status and unpacks the whole 'i want to save the world' charade that elite across the world are engaged in. I...

    on point synopsis from The New Yorker.... Anand Giridharadas takes on the ethos of ?doing good by doing well?: the feel-good ideology that enables people who think of themselves as good, principled, politically aware, and even woke to contribute to?and benefit from?ever-incr...

    It's hard to argue with any of the blatantly obvious points Giridharadas makes, but in chapter after chapter his targets prove themselves immune to the criticism. The whole book is a collective portrait of a class well-described by Tolstoy in one of the book's epigraphs: ?I sit on...

    so good! an insider look at the moral bankruptcy of philanthrocapitalism. very accessible but still riveting. highly recommended ...

    This book was definitely an eye-opener for me. As one who deals with charities and non-profits some, it saddened me to see how much that world is being abused by those with the most money to spare. The richest 1% have managed to grow in power and influence over the past decades so t...

    "Winners Take All" is an important and timely book. Giridharadas examines the fundamental limitations and contradictions of those who work for social change from a position of wealth and prestige. His central theme is "the master's tools will never dismantle the master's house," that i...

    I enjoyed reading about this topic in the New Yorker and am sympathetic to the author's view of things. But the beginning of this book was so relentlessly repetitious that I couldn't carry on reading it. I felt that it went beyond "not my taste" to "where is your editor?". ...

  • Steve Turtell
    Sep 06, 2018

    What Trump and Idealists Have in Common ?Making a difference? could be the idealistic theme of my generation?s collective ethos - at least among those of us who survived the drug-culture of the 60?s and 70?s with intact minds. The world had been opened to us by cheap acces...

    Did you watch Zuckerberg testify before the Senate committees about Facebook and the 2018 election? Were you struck by how blithely unrepentant he seemed, how convinced that his titanic, poorly monitored data base?which he habitually describes as ?a community??is an unalloyed...

    This is another book recommended to me by Richard. In many ways this is a similar and perhaps an even better book than ?Small Change: Why business won?t save the world? by Michael Edwards. Under my review of that book Jan-Maat mentions Andrew Carnegie ? and he gets quite a run ...

    Winners Take All is the hardest book I have ever read. Not because it was inaccessible or esoteric, but because it forced a long overdue look in the mirror. Being in the tech industry I?ve been swept up in thought leadership, heroic philanthropy, and the promise of innovation to ...

    This is an excellent book and a must-read! It's also totally readable and even quite funny at times. And it's the kind of book that you keep bringing up in conversation and then trailing off and saying---you just really have to read this book. The oversimplified thesis is that you can'...

    As someone who has dithered on the edges of "elites changing the world", much of this rings true and I believe (and grapple) with the tension between the sometimes necessary power/influence/fortune needed, as we strive for justice and equity. An article that I always refer back to is N...

    Before you read this book, read the author?s bio. For someone who is so critical of elites hiding in their hobbit holes, he waits until the acknowledgments section at the end to let you know that he is one of them. I found this incredibly bizarre. He says the reason is because he did...

    Very mixed feelings about this book. I liked some parts too much to give a low rating, disliked other parts too much to give a high rating, and don't feel those should average out. While I was reading, I was considering a criticism that this book is ultimately not engaged in critica...

    I ADORED this book. It was not without its flaws, including being super biased, one sided and judgmental, but I LOVED it. I?ve been a total MarketWorlder, assuming business was the best vehicle for making change and business school was the most effective way to learn now. And this bo...

    Philanthropy exists mainly to enable the super-rich and super-powerful to defer any serious discussion of a serious reordering of power and wealth, argues Giridharadas. Through a series of vignettes both of the super-rich and super-powerful themselves, who prove themselves unable to co...

    Very much in the tradition of Thomas Frank and the Baffler Magazine. This lampoons the TED talking Thought leaders and Elon Musks hanging around Davos and Martha's Vineyard. You know the plutocrats on a mission to save us all. I don't know if they do it the avoid scrutiny or salve thei...

    Incisive, hard-hitting critique on philanthrocapitalism full of sarcasm, humour and a ton of food for thought. The author very clearly lays out his privileges, insider-outsider status and unpacks the whole 'i want to save the world' charade that elite across the world are engaged in. I...

    on point synopsis from The New Yorker.... Anand Giridharadas takes on the ethos of ?doing good by doing well?: the feel-good ideology that enables people who think of themselves as good, principled, politically aware, and even woke to contribute to?and benefit from?ever-incr...

    It's hard to argue with any of the blatantly obvious points Giridharadas makes, but in chapter after chapter his targets prove themselves immune to the criticism. The whole book is a collective portrait of a class well-described by Tolstoy in one of the book's epigraphs: ?I sit on...

  • Nils
    May 12, 2018

    What Trump and Idealists Have in Common ?Making a difference? could be the idealistic theme of my generation?s collective ethos - at least among those of us who survived the drug-culture of the 60?s and 70?s with intact minds. The world had been opened to us by cheap acces...

    Did you watch Zuckerberg testify before the Senate committees about Facebook and the 2018 election? Were you struck by how blithely unrepentant he seemed, how convinced that his titanic, poorly monitored data base?which he habitually describes as ?a community??is an unalloyed...

    This is another book recommended to me by Richard. In many ways this is a similar and perhaps an even better book than ?Small Change: Why business won?t save the world? by Michael Edwards. Under my review of that book Jan-Maat mentions Andrew Carnegie ? and he gets quite a run ...

    Winners Take All is the hardest book I have ever read. Not because it was inaccessible or esoteric, but because it forced a long overdue look in the mirror. Being in the tech industry I?ve been swept up in thought leadership, heroic philanthropy, and the promise of innovation to ...

    This is an excellent book and a must-read! It's also totally readable and even quite funny at times. And it's the kind of book that you keep bringing up in conversation and then trailing off and saying---you just really have to read this book. The oversimplified thesis is that you can'...

    As someone who has dithered on the edges of "elites changing the world", much of this rings true and I believe (and grapple) with the tension between the sometimes necessary power/influence/fortune needed, as we strive for justice and equity. An article that I always refer back to is N...

    Before you read this book, read the author?s bio. For someone who is so critical of elites hiding in their hobbit holes, he waits until the acknowledgments section at the end to let you know that he is one of them. I found this incredibly bizarre. He says the reason is because he did...

    Very mixed feelings about this book. I liked some parts too much to give a low rating, disliked other parts too much to give a high rating, and don't feel those should average out. While I was reading, I was considering a criticism that this book is ultimately not engaged in critica...

    I ADORED this book. It was not without its flaws, including being super biased, one sided and judgmental, but I LOVED it. I?ve been a total MarketWorlder, assuming business was the best vehicle for making change and business school was the most effective way to learn now. And this bo...

    Philanthropy exists mainly to enable the super-rich and super-powerful to defer any serious discussion of a serious reordering of power and wealth, argues Giridharadas. Through a series of vignettes both of the super-rich and super-powerful themselves, who prove themselves unable to co...

  • Sonya Dutta Choudhury
    Jan 18, 2019

    What Trump and Idealists Have in Common ?Making a difference? could be the idealistic theme of my generation?s collective ethos - at least among those of us who survived the drug-culture of the 60?s and 70?s with intact minds. The world had been opened to us by cheap acces...

    Did you watch Zuckerberg testify before the Senate committees about Facebook and the 2018 election? Were you struck by how blithely unrepentant he seemed, how convinced that his titanic, poorly monitored data base?which he habitually describes as ?a community??is an unalloyed...

    This is another book recommended to me by Richard. In many ways this is a similar and perhaps an even better book than ?Small Change: Why business won?t save the world? by Michael Edwards. Under my review of that book Jan-Maat mentions Andrew Carnegie ? and he gets quite a run ...

    Winners Take All is the hardest book I have ever read. Not because it was inaccessible or esoteric, but because it forced a long overdue look in the mirror. Being in the tech industry I?ve been swept up in thought leadership, heroic philanthropy, and the promise of innovation to ...

    This is an excellent book and a must-read! It's also totally readable and even quite funny at times. And it's the kind of book that you keep bringing up in conversation and then trailing off and saying---you just really have to read this book. The oversimplified thesis is that you can'...

    As someone who has dithered on the edges of "elites changing the world", much of this rings true and I believe (and grapple) with the tension between the sometimes necessary power/influence/fortune needed, as we strive for justice and equity. An article that I always refer back to is N...

    Before you read this book, read the author?s bio. For someone who is so critical of elites hiding in their hobbit holes, he waits until the acknowledgments section at the end to let you know that he is one of them. I found this incredibly bizarre. He says the reason is because he did...

    Very mixed feelings about this book. I liked some parts too much to give a low rating, disliked other parts too much to give a high rating, and don't feel those should average out. While I was reading, I was considering a criticism that this book is ultimately not engaged in critica...

    I ADORED this book. It was not without its flaws, including being super biased, one sided and judgmental, but I LOVED it. I?ve been a total MarketWorlder, assuming business was the best vehicle for making change and business school was the most effective way to learn now. And this bo...

    Philanthropy exists mainly to enable the super-rich and super-powerful to defer any serious discussion of a serious reordering of power and wealth, argues Giridharadas. Through a series of vignettes both of the super-rich and super-powerful themselves, who prove themselves unable to co...

    Very much in the tradition of Thomas Frank and the Baffler Magazine. This lampoons the TED talking Thought leaders and Elon Musks hanging around Davos and Martha's Vineyard. You know the plutocrats on a mission to save us all. I don't know if they do it the avoid scrutiny or salve thei...

    Incisive, hard-hitting critique on philanthrocapitalism full of sarcasm, humour and a ton of food for thought. The author very clearly lays out his privileges, insider-outsider status and unpacks the whole 'i want to save the world' charade that elite across the world are engaged in. I...

    on point synopsis from The New Yorker.... Anand Giridharadas takes on the ethos of ?doing good by doing well?: the feel-good ideology that enables people who think of themselves as good, principled, politically aware, and even woke to contribute to?and benefit from?ever-incr...

    It's hard to argue with any of the blatantly obvious points Giridharadas makes, but in chapter after chapter his targets prove themselves immune to the criticism. The whole book is a collective portrait of a class well-described by Tolstoy in one of the book's epigraphs: ?I sit on...

    so good! an insider look at the moral bankruptcy of philanthrocapitalism. very accessible but still riveting. highly recommended ...

    This book was definitely an eye-opener for me. As one who deals with charities and non-profits some, it saddened me to see how much that world is being abused by those with the most money to spare. The richest 1% have managed to grow in power and influence over the past decades so t...

    "Winners Take All" is an important and timely book. Giridharadas examines the fundamental limitations and contradictions of those who work for social change from a position of wealth and prestige. His central theme is "the master's tools will never dismantle the master's house," that i...

    I enjoyed reading about this topic in the New Yorker and am sympathetic to the author's view of things. But the beginning of this book was so relentlessly repetitious that I couldn't carry on reading it. I felt that it went beyond "not my taste" to "where is your editor?". ...

    I found this a very enjoying read that really helped me coalesce some recent thoughts I've had recently on the subject. I first heard about the book on the Ezra Klein podcast (I would recommend listening to it as well to get Ezra's questions) and decided it was worth a try. It was. ...

    "Inspire the rich to do more good, but never, ever tell them to do less harm; inspire them to give back, but never, ever tell them to take less; inspire them to join the solution, but never, ever accuse them of being part of the problem." I say, sometimes, "How do those people sleep...

    The author crystallizes a good critique and rebuke of the intellectual elite classes, though he waits until the acknowledgements to, well, acknowledge a fuller extent of how much he was part of the problem and to an extent still is. It?s evident elsewhere anyway, as he only menti...

    We live in a world where every SV exec and company, even ones laughably so (Coca-Cola? Facebook?) claim to be changing the world for the better, doing good and are involved in charitable donations. With so much charity and well-meaning, why hasn't the average American seen an income ch...

    A phenomenally thought-provoking book examining the myths and fallacies of change and problem solving via market-driven solutions advocated by global elites seeking win-win solutions that fail to address the root causes of problems for which those elites may be the very causes or enabl...

    111th book for 2018. We used to have public intellectuals, now we have thought leaders. Intellectuals wrote books with difficult truths that people didn't like; thought leaders give empowering talks at Davos and TED. If this sounds too hard, consider that "social inequality" is a...

    Winners Take All is about the elite?s ?charade of changing the world.? Specifically, it?s about how wealthy people do a modest bit of good (through philanthropy) while doing nothing about larger systems of injustice (that they may or may not benefit from). The author?s lin...

    To take on the philanthropists of the world, accusing them of being part of a charade, takes some nerve. Giridhardas, a former New York Times Columnist and author, appears to have this in plenty. The fireworks start from the title, through to the opening quote from Leo Tolstoy. ?...

  • Dolly
    Nov 17, 2018

    What Trump and Idealists Have in Common ?Making a difference? could be the idealistic theme of my generation?s collective ethos - at least among those of us who survived the drug-culture of the 60?s and 70?s with intact minds. The world had been opened to us by cheap acces...

    Did you watch Zuckerberg testify before the Senate committees about Facebook and the 2018 election? Were you struck by how blithely unrepentant he seemed, how convinced that his titanic, poorly monitored data base?which he habitually describes as ?a community??is an unalloyed...

    This is another book recommended to me by Richard. In many ways this is a similar and perhaps an even better book than ?Small Change: Why business won?t save the world? by Michael Edwards. Under my review of that book Jan-Maat mentions Andrew Carnegie ? and he gets quite a run ...

    Winners Take All is the hardest book I have ever read. Not because it was inaccessible or esoteric, but because it forced a long overdue look in the mirror. Being in the tech industry I?ve been swept up in thought leadership, heroic philanthropy, and the promise of innovation to ...

    This is an excellent book and a must-read! It's also totally readable and even quite funny at times. And it's the kind of book that you keep bringing up in conversation and then trailing off and saying---you just really have to read this book. The oversimplified thesis is that you can'...

    As someone who has dithered on the edges of "elites changing the world", much of this rings true and I believe (and grapple) with the tension between the sometimes necessary power/influence/fortune needed, as we strive for justice and equity. An article that I always refer back to is N...

    Before you read this book, read the author?s bio. For someone who is so critical of elites hiding in their hobbit holes, he waits until the acknowledgments section at the end to let you know that he is one of them. I found this incredibly bizarre. He says the reason is because he did...

  • Paula Lyle
    Sep 10, 2018

    What Trump and Idealists Have in Common ?Making a difference? could be the idealistic theme of my generation?s collective ethos - at least among those of us who survived the drug-culture of the 60?s and 70?s with intact minds. The world had been opened to us by cheap acces...

    Did you watch Zuckerberg testify before the Senate committees about Facebook and the 2018 election? Were you struck by how blithely unrepentant he seemed, how convinced that his titanic, poorly monitored data base?which he habitually describes as ?a community??is an unalloyed...

    This is another book recommended to me by Richard. In many ways this is a similar and perhaps an even better book than ?Small Change: Why business won?t save the world? by Michael Edwards. Under my review of that book Jan-Maat mentions Andrew Carnegie ? and he gets quite a run ...

    Winners Take All is the hardest book I have ever read. Not because it was inaccessible or esoteric, but because it forced a long overdue look in the mirror. Being in the tech industry I?ve been swept up in thought leadership, heroic philanthropy, and the promise of innovation to ...

    This is an excellent book and a must-read! It's also totally readable and even quite funny at times. And it's the kind of book that you keep bringing up in conversation and then trailing off and saying---you just really have to read this book. The oversimplified thesis is that you can'...

    As someone who has dithered on the edges of "elites changing the world", much of this rings true and I believe (and grapple) with the tension between the sometimes necessary power/influence/fortune needed, as we strive for justice and equity. An article that I always refer back to is N...

    Before you read this book, read the author?s bio. For someone who is so critical of elites hiding in their hobbit holes, he waits until the acknowledgments section at the end to let you know that he is one of them. I found this incredibly bizarre. He says the reason is because he did...

    Very mixed feelings about this book. I liked some parts too much to give a low rating, disliked other parts too much to give a high rating, and don't feel those should average out. While I was reading, I was considering a criticism that this book is ultimately not engaged in critica...

    I ADORED this book. It was not without its flaws, including being super biased, one sided and judgmental, but I LOVED it. I?ve been a total MarketWorlder, assuming business was the best vehicle for making change and business school was the most effective way to learn now. And this bo...

    Philanthropy exists mainly to enable the super-rich and super-powerful to defer any serious discussion of a serious reordering of power and wealth, argues Giridharadas. Through a series of vignettes both of the super-rich and super-powerful themselves, who prove themselves unable to co...

    Very much in the tradition of Thomas Frank and the Baffler Magazine. This lampoons the TED talking Thought leaders and Elon Musks hanging around Davos and Martha's Vineyard. You know the plutocrats on a mission to save us all. I don't know if they do it the avoid scrutiny or salve thei...

    Incisive, hard-hitting critique on philanthrocapitalism full of sarcasm, humour and a ton of food for thought. The author very clearly lays out his privileges, insider-outsider status and unpacks the whole 'i want to save the world' charade that elite across the world are engaged in. I...

    on point synopsis from The New Yorker.... Anand Giridharadas takes on the ethos of ?doing good by doing well?: the feel-good ideology that enables people who think of themselves as good, principled, politically aware, and even woke to contribute to?and benefit from?ever-incr...

    It's hard to argue with any of the blatantly obvious points Giridharadas makes, but in chapter after chapter his targets prove themselves immune to the criticism. The whole book is a collective portrait of a class well-described by Tolstoy in one of the book's epigraphs: ?I sit on...

    so good! an insider look at the moral bankruptcy of philanthrocapitalism. very accessible but still riveting. highly recommended ...

    This book was definitely an eye-opener for me. As one who deals with charities and non-profits some, it saddened me to see how much that world is being abused by those with the most money to spare. The richest 1% have managed to grow in power and influence over the past decades so t...

    "Winners Take All" is an important and timely book. Giridharadas examines the fundamental limitations and contradictions of those who work for social change from a position of wealth and prestige. His central theme is "the master's tools will never dismantle the master's house," that i...

    I enjoyed reading about this topic in the New Yorker and am sympathetic to the author's view of things. But the beginning of this book was so relentlessly repetitious that I couldn't carry on reading it. I felt that it went beyond "not my taste" to "where is your editor?". ...

    I found this a very enjoying read that really helped me coalesce some recent thoughts I've had recently on the subject. I first heard about the book on the Ezra Klein podcast (I would recommend listening to it as well to get Ezra's questions) and decided it was worth a try. It was. ...

    "Inspire the rich to do more good, but never, ever tell them to do less harm; inspire them to give back, but never, ever tell them to take less; inspire them to join the solution, but never, ever accuse them of being part of the problem." I say, sometimes, "How do those people sleep...

  • Patrick Bair
    Oct 10, 2018

    What Trump and Idealists Have in Common ?Making a difference? could be the idealistic theme of my generation?s collective ethos - at least among those of us who survived the drug-culture of the 60?s and 70?s with intact minds. The world had been opened to us by cheap acces...

    Did you watch Zuckerberg testify before the Senate committees about Facebook and the 2018 election? Were you struck by how blithely unrepentant he seemed, how convinced that his titanic, poorly monitored data base?which he habitually describes as ?a community??is an unalloyed...

    This is another book recommended to me by Richard. In many ways this is a similar and perhaps an even better book than ?Small Change: Why business won?t save the world? by Michael Edwards. Under my review of that book Jan-Maat mentions Andrew Carnegie ? and he gets quite a run ...

    Winners Take All is the hardest book I have ever read. Not because it was inaccessible or esoteric, but because it forced a long overdue look in the mirror. Being in the tech industry I?ve been swept up in thought leadership, heroic philanthropy, and the promise of innovation to ...

    This is an excellent book and a must-read! It's also totally readable and even quite funny at times. And it's the kind of book that you keep bringing up in conversation and then trailing off and saying---you just really have to read this book. The oversimplified thesis is that you can'...

    As someone who has dithered on the edges of "elites changing the world", much of this rings true and I believe (and grapple) with the tension between the sometimes necessary power/influence/fortune needed, as we strive for justice and equity. An article that I always refer back to is N...

    Before you read this book, read the author?s bio. For someone who is so critical of elites hiding in their hobbit holes, he waits until the acknowledgments section at the end to let you know that he is one of them. I found this incredibly bizarre. He says the reason is because he did...

    Very mixed feelings about this book. I liked some parts too much to give a low rating, disliked other parts too much to give a high rating, and don't feel those should average out. While I was reading, I was considering a criticism that this book is ultimately not engaged in critica...

    I ADORED this book. It was not without its flaws, including being super biased, one sided and judgmental, but I LOVED it. I?ve been a total MarketWorlder, assuming business was the best vehicle for making change and business school was the most effective way to learn now. And this bo...

    Philanthropy exists mainly to enable the super-rich and super-powerful to defer any serious discussion of a serious reordering of power and wealth, argues Giridharadas. Through a series of vignettes both of the super-rich and super-powerful themselves, who prove themselves unable to co...

    Very much in the tradition of Thomas Frank and the Baffler Magazine. This lampoons the TED talking Thought leaders and Elon Musks hanging around Davos and Martha's Vineyard. You know the plutocrats on a mission to save us all. I don't know if they do it the avoid scrutiny or salve thei...

    Incisive, hard-hitting critique on philanthrocapitalism full of sarcasm, humour and a ton of food for thought. The author very clearly lays out his privileges, insider-outsider status and unpacks the whole 'i want to save the world' charade that elite across the world are engaged in. I...

    on point synopsis from The New Yorker.... Anand Giridharadas takes on the ethos of ?doing good by doing well?: the feel-good ideology that enables people who think of themselves as good, principled, politically aware, and even woke to contribute to?and benefit from?ever-incr...

    It's hard to argue with any of the blatantly obvious points Giridharadas makes, but in chapter after chapter his targets prove themselves immune to the criticism. The whole book is a collective portrait of a class well-described by Tolstoy in one of the book's epigraphs: ?I sit on...

    so good! an insider look at the moral bankruptcy of philanthrocapitalism. very accessible but still riveting. highly recommended ...

    This book was definitely an eye-opener for me. As one who deals with charities and non-profits some, it saddened me to see how much that world is being abused by those with the most money to spare. The richest 1% have managed to grow in power and influence over the past decades so t...

    "Winners Take All" is an important and timely book. Giridharadas examines the fundamental limitations and contradictions of those who work for social change from a position of wealth and prestige. His central theme is "the master's tools will never dismantle the master's house," that i...

    I enjoyed reading about this topic in the New Yorker and am sympathetic to the author's view of things. But the beginning of this book was so relentlessly repetitious that I couldn't carry on reading it. I felt that it went beyond "not my taste" to "where is your editor?". ...

    I found this a very enjoying read that really helped me coalesce some recent thoughts I've had recently on the subject. I first heard about the book on the Ezra Klein podcast (I would recommend listening to it as well to get Ezra's questions) and decided it was worth a try. It was. ...

    "Inspire the rich to do more good, but never, ever tell them to do less harm; inspire them to give back, but never, ever tell them to take less; inspire them to join the solution, but never, ever accuse them of being part of the problem." I say, sometimes, "How do those people sleep...

    The author crystallizes a good critique and rebuke of the intellectual elite classes, though he waits until the acknowledgements to, well, acknowledge a fuller extent of how much he was part of the problem and to an extent still is. It?s evident elsewhere anyway, as he only menti...

    We live in a world where every SV exec and company, even ones laughably so (Coca-Cola? Facebook?) claim to be changing the world for the better, doing good and are involved in charitable donations. With so much charity and well-meaning, why hasn't the average American seen an income ch...

    A phenomenally thought-provoking book examining the myths and fallacies of change and problem solving via market-driven solutions advocated by global elites seeking win-win solutions that fail to address the root causes of problems for which those elites may be the very causes or enabl...

    111th book for 2018. We used to have public intellectuals, now we have thought leaders. Intellectuals wrote books with difficult truths that people didn't like; thought leaders give empowering talks at Davos and TED. If this sounds too hard, consider that "social inequality" is a...

    Winners Take All is about the elite?s ?charade of changing the world.? Specifically, it?s about how wealthy people do a modest bit of good (through philanthropy) while doing nothing about larger systems of injustice (that they may or may not benefit from). The author?s lin...

    To take on the philanthropists of the world, accusing them of being part of a charade, takes some nerve. Giridhardas, a former New York Times Columnist and author, appears to have this in plenty. The fireworks start from the title, through to the opening quote from Leo Tolstoy. ?...

    Recommended if you?re angry at liberal elites and want to lean into that anger with some anecdotes and an uncomplicated narrative. Winners Take All tells the story of how a new elite of market-oriented, globe-trotting philanthropists have convinced themselves and the rest of us th...

    Will write a review later, it's definitely among the most mind-provocative books. In my mind, the following books provide most puzzle pieces to the big picture: Robert Kuttner's "Can Democracy Survive Global Capitalism?" offers an excellent overall view from the angle of economics. ...

    Extremely thought provoking. Nodded my head and said "Yeah!" on virtually every page. "If anyone truly believes that the same ski-town conferences and fellowship programs, the same politicians and policies, the same entrepreneurs and social businesses, the same campaign donors, the ...

  • Hamsini
    Feb 13, 2019

    What Trump and Idealists Have in Common ?Making a difference? could be the idealistic theme of my generation?s collective ethos - at least among those of us who survived the drug-culture of the 60?s and 70?s with intact minds. The world had been opened to us by cheap acces...

    Did you watch Zuckerberg testify before the Senate committees about Facebook and the 2018 election? Were you struck by how blithely unrepentant he seemed, how convinced that his titanic, poorly monitored data base?which he habitually describes as ?a community??is an unalloyed...

    This is another book recommended to me by Richard. In many ways this is a similar and perhaps an even better book than ?Small Change: Why business won?t save the world? by Michael Edwards. Under my review of that book Jan-Maat mentions Andrew Carnegie ? and he gets quite a run ...

    Winners Take All is the hardest book I have ever read. Not because it was inaccessible or esoteric, but because it forced a long overdue look in the mirror. Being in the tech industry I?ve been swept up in thought leadership, heroic philanthropy, and the promise of innovation to ...

    This is an excellent book and a must-read! It's also totally readable and even quite funny at times. And it's the kind of book that you keep bringing up in conversation and then trailing off and saying---you just really have to read this book. The oversimplified thesis is that you can'...

    As someone who has dithered on the edges of "elites changing the world", much of this rings true and I believe (and grapple) with the tension between the sometimes necessary power/influence/fortune needed, as we strive for justice and equity. An article that I always refer back to is N...

    Before you read this book, read the author?s bio. For someone who is so critical of elites hiding in their hobbit holes, he waits until the acknowledgments section at the end to let you know that he is one of them. I found this incredibly bizarre. He says the reason is because he did...

    Very mixed feelings about this book. I liked some parts too much to give a low rating, disliked other parts too much to give a high rating, and don't feel those should average out. While I was reading, I was considering a criticism that this book is ultimately not engaged in critica...

    I ADORED this book. It was not without its flaws, including being super biased, one sided and judgmental, but I LOVED it. I?ve been a total MarketWorlder, assuming business was the best vehicle for making change and business school was the most effective way to learn now. And this bo...

    Philanthropy exists mainly to enable the super-rich and super-powerful to defer any serious discussion of a serious reordering of power and wealth, argues Giridharadas. Through a series of vignettes both of the super-rich and super-powerful themselves, who prove themselves unable to co...

    Very much in the tradition of Thomas Frank and the Baffler Magazine. This lampoons the TED talking Thought leaders and Elon Musks hanging around Davos and Martha's Vineyard. You know the plutocrats on a mission to save us all. I don't know if they do it the avoid scrutiny or salve thei...

    Incisive, hard-hitting critique on philanthrocapitalism full of sarcasm, humour and a ton of food for thought. The author very clearly lays out his privileges, insider-outsider status and unpacks the whole 'i want to save the world' charade that elite across the world are engaged in. I...

  • Linh
    Sep 14, 2018

    What Trump and Idealists Have in Common ?Making a difference? could be the idealistic theme of my generation?s collective ethos - at least among those of us who survived the drug-culture of the 60?s and 70?s with intact minds. The world had been opened to us by cheap acces...

    Did you watch Zuckerberg testify before the Senate committees about Facebook and the 2018 election? Were you struck by how blithely unrepentant he seemed, how convinced that his titanic, poorly monitored data base?which he habitually describes as ?a community??is an unalloyed...

    This is another book recommended to me by Richard. In many ways this is a similar and perhaps an even better book than ?Small Change: Why business won?t save the world? by Michael Edwards. Under my review of that book Jan-Maat mentions Andrew Carnegie ? and he gets quite a run ...

    Winners Take All is the hardest book I have ever read. Not because it was inaccessible or esoteric, but because it forced a long overdue look in the mirror. Being in the tech industry I?ve been swept up in thought leadership, heroic philanthropy, and the promise of innovation to ...

    This is an excellent book and a must-read! It's also totally readable and even quite funny at times. And it's the kind of book that you keep bringing up in conversation and then trailing off and saying---you just really have to read this book. The oversimplified thesis is that you can'...

    As someone who has dithered on the edges of "elites changing the world", much of this rings true and I believe (and grapple) with the tension between the sometimes necessary power/influence/fortune needed, as we strive for justice and equity. An article that I always refer back to is N...

  • Darnell
    Oct 19, 2018

    What Trump and Idealists Have in Common ?Making a difference? could be the idealistic theme of my generation?s collective ethos - at least among those of us who survived the drug-culture of the 60?s and 70?s with intact minds. The world had been opened to us by cheap acces...

    Did you watch Zuckerberg testify before the Senate committees about Facebook and the 2018 election? Were you struck by how blithely unrepentant he seemed, how convinced that his titanic, poorly monitored data base?which he habitually describes as ?a community??is an unalloyed...

    This is another book recommended to me by Richard. In many ways this is a similar and perhaps an even better book than ?Small Change: Why business won?t save the world? by Michael Edwards. Under my review of that book Jan-Maat mentions Andrew Carnegie ? and he gets quite a run ...

    Winners Take All is the hardest book I have ever read. Not because it was inaccessible or esoteric, but because it forced a long overdue look in the mirror. Being in the tech industry I?ve been swept up in thought leadership, heroic philanthropy, and the promise of innovation to ...

    This is an excellent book and a must-read! It's also totally readable and even quite funny at times. And it's the kind of book that you keep bringing up in conversation and then trailing off and saying---you just really have to read this book. The oversimplified thesis is that you can'...

    As someone who has dithered on the edges of "elites changing the world", much of this rings true and I believe (and grapple) with the tension between the sometimes necessary power/influence/fortune needed, as we strive for justice and equity. An article that I always refer back to is N...

    Before you read this book, read the author?s bio. For someone who is so critical of elites hiding in their hobbit holes, he waits until the acknowledgments section at the end to let you know that he is one of them. I found this incredibly bizarre. He says the reason is because he did...

    Very mixed feelings about this book. I liked some parts too much to give a low rating, disliked other parts too much to give a high rating, and don't feel those should average out. While I was reading, I was considering a criticism that this book is ultimately not engaged in critica...

  • Greg
    Sep 04, 2018

    What Trump and Idealists Have in Common ?Making a difference? could be the idealistic theme of my generation?s collective ethos - at least among those of us who survived the drug-culture of the 60?s and 70?s with intact minds. The world had been opened to us by cheap acces...

    Did you watch Zuckerberg testify before the Senate committees about Facebook and the 2018 election? Were you struck by how blithely unrepentant he seemed, how convinced that his titanic, poorly monitored data base?which he habitually describes as ?a community??is an unalloyed...

    This is another book recommended to me by Richard. In many ways this is a similar and perhaps an even better book than ?Small Change: Why business won?t save the world? by Michael Edwards. Under my review of that book Jan-Maat mentions Andrew Carnegie ? and he gets quite a run ...

    Winners Take All is the hardest book I have ever read. Not because it was inaccessible or esoteric, but because it forced a long overdue look in the mirror. Being in the tech industry I?ve been swept up in thought leadership, heroic philanthropy, and the promise of innovation to ...

    This is an excellent book and a must-read! It's also totally readable and even quite funny at times. And it's the kind of book that you keep bringing up in conversation and then trailing off and saying---you just really have to read this book. The oversimplified thesis is that you can'...

    As someone who has dithered on the edges of "elites changing the world", much of this rings true and I believe (and grapple) with the tension between the sometimes necessary power/influence/fortune needed, as we strive for justice and equity. An article that I always refer back to is N...

    Before you read this book, read the author?s bio. For someone who is so critical of elites hiding in their hobbit holes, he waits until the acknowledgments section at the end to let you know that he is one of them. I found this incredibly bizarre. He says the reason is because he did...

    Very mixed feelings about this book. I liked some parts too much to give a low rating, disliked other parts too much to give a high rating, and don't feel those should average out. While I was reading, I was considering a criticism that this book is ultimately not engaged in critica...

    I ADORED this book. It was not without its flaws, including being super biased, one sided and judgmental, but I LOVED it. I?ve been a total MarketWorlder, assuming business was the best vehicle for making change and business school was the most effective way to learn now. And this bo...

    Philanthropy exists mainly to enable the super-rich and super-powerful to defer any serious discussion of a serious reordering of power and wealth, argues Giridharadas. Through a series of vignettes both of the super-rich and super-powerful themselves, who prove themselves unable to co...

    Very much in the tradition of Thomas Frank and the Baffler Magazine. This lampoons the TED talking Thought leaders and Elon Musks hanging around Davos and Martha's Vineyard. You know the plutocrats on a mission to save us all. I don't know if they do it the avoid scrutiny or salve thei...

    Incisive, hard-hitting critique on philanthrocapitalism full of sarcasm, humour and a ton of food for thought. The author very clearly lays out his privileges, insider-outsider status and unpacks the whole 'i want to save the world' charade that elite across the world are engaged in. I...

    on point synopsis from The New Yorker.... Anand Giridharadas takes on the ethos of ?doing good by doing well?: the feel-good ideology that enables people who think of themselves as good, principled, politically aware, and even woke to contribute to?and benefit from?ever-incr...

    It's hard to argue with any of the blatantly obvious points Giridharadas makes, but in chapter after chapter his targets prove themselves immune to the criticism. The whole book is a collective portrait of a class well-described by Tolstoy in one of the book's epigraphs: ?I sit on...

    so good! an insider look at the moral bankruptcy of philanthrocapitalism. very accessible but still riveting. highly recommended ...

    This book was definitely an eye-opener for me. As one who deals with charities and non-profits some, it saddened me to see how much that world is being abused by those with the most money to spare. The richest 1% have managed to grow in power and influence over the past decades so t...

    "Winners Take All" is an important and timely book. Giridharadas examines the fundamental limitations and contradictions of those who work for social change from a position of wealth and prestige. His central theme is "the master's tools will never dismantle the master's house," that i...

    I enjoyed reading about this topic in the New Yorker and am sympathetic to the author's view of things. But the beginning of this book was so relentlessly repetitious that I couldn't carry on reading it. I felt that it went beyond "not my taste" to "where is your editor?". ...

    I found this a very enjoying read that really helped me coalesce some recent thoughts I've had recently on the subject. I first heard about the book on the Ezra Klein podcast (I would recommend listening to it as well to get Ezra's questions) and decided it was worth a try. It was. ...

    "Inspire the rich to do more good, but never, ever tell them to do less harm; inspire them to give back, but never, ever tell them to take less; inspire them to join the solution, but never, ever accuse them of being part of the problem." I say, sometimes, "How do those people sleep...

    The author crystallizes a good critique and rebuke of the intellectual elite classes, though he waits until the acknowledgements to, well, acknowledge a fuller extent of how much he was part of the problem and to an extent still is. It?s evident elsewhere anyway, as he only menti...

    We live in a world where every SV exec and company, even ones laughably so (Coca-Cola? Facebook?) claim to be changing the world for the better, doing good and are involved in charitable donations. With so much charity and well-meaning, why hasn't the average American seen an income ch...

  • Michael Perkins
    Nov 01, 2018

    What Trump and Idealists Have in Common ?Making a difference? could be the idealistic theme of my generation?s collective ethos - at least among those of us who survived the drug-culture of the 60?s and 70?s with intact minds. The world had been opened to us by cheap acces...

    Did you watch Zuckerberg testify before the Senate committees about Facebook and the 2018 election? Were you struck by how blithely unrepentant he seemed, how convinced that his titanic, poorly monitored data base?which he habitually describes as ?a community??is an unalloyed...

    This is another book recommended to me by Richard. In many ways this is a similar and perhaps an even better book than ?Small Change: Why business won?t save the world? by Michael Edwards. Under my review of that book Jan-Maat mentions Andrew Carnegie ? and he gets quite a run ...

    Winners Take All is the hardest book I have ever read. Not because it was inaccessible or esoteric, but because it forced a long overdue look in the mirror. Being in the tech industry I?ve been swept up in thought leadership, heroic philanthropy, and the promise of innovation to ...

    This is an excellent book and a must-read! It's also totally readable and even quite funny at times. And it's the kind of book that you keep bringing up in conversation and then trailing off and saying---you just really have to read this book. The oversimplified thesis is that you can'...

    As someone who has dithered on the edges of "elites changing the world", much of this rings true and I believe (and grapple) with the tension between the sometimes necessary power/influence/fortune needed, as we strive for justice and equity. An article that I always refer back to is N...

    Before you read this book, read the author?s bio. For someone who is so critical of elites hiding in their hobbit holes, he waits until the acknowledgments section at the end to let you know that he is one of them. I found this incredibly bizarre. He says the reason is because he did...

    Very mixed feelings about this book. I liked some parts too much to give a low rating, disliked other parts too much to give a high rating, and don't feel those should average out. While I was reading, I was considering a criticism that this book is ultimately not engaged in critica...

    I ADORED this book. It was not without its flaws, including being super biased, one sided and judgmental, but I LOVED it. I?ve been a total MarketWorlder, assuming business was the best vehicle for making change and business school was the most effective way to learn now. And this bo...

    Philanthropy exists mainly to enable the super-rich and super-powerful to defer any serious discussion of a serious reordering of power and wealth, argues Giridharadas. Through a series of vignettes both of the super-rich and super-powerful themselves, who prove themselves unable to co...

    Very much in the tradition of Thomas Frank and the Baffler Magazine. This lampoons the TED talking Thought leaders and Elon Musks hanging around Davos and Martha's Vineyard. You know the plutocrats on a mission to save us all. I don't know if they do it the avoid scrutiny or salve thei...

    Incisive, hard-hitting critique on philanthrocapitalism full of sarcasm, humour and a ton of food for thought. The author very clearly lays out his privileges, insider-outsider status and unpacks the whole 'i want to save the world' charade that elite across the world are engaged in. I...

    on point synopsis from The New Yorker.... Anand Giridharadas takes on the ethos of ?doing good by doing well?: the feel-good ideology that enables people who think of themselves as good, principled, politically aware, and even woke to contribute to?and benefit from?ever-incr...

  • Dan Connors
    Sep 24, 2018

    What Trump and Idealists Have in Common ?Making a difference? could be the idealistic theme of my generation?s collective ethos - at least among those of us who survived the drug-culture of the 60?s and 70?s with intact minds. The world had been opened to us by cheap acces...

    Did you watch Zuckerberg testify before the Senate committees about Facebook and the 2018 election? Were you struck by how blithely unrepentant he seemed, how convinced that his titanic, poorly monitored data base?which he habitually describes as ?a community??is an unalloyed...

    This is another book recommended to me by Richard. In many ways this is a similar and perhaps an even better book than ?Small Change: Why business won?t save the world? by Michael Edwards. Under my review of that book Jan-Maat mentions Andrew Carnegie ? and he gets quite a run ...

    Winners Take All is the hardest book I have ever read. Not because it was inaccessible or esoteric, but because it forced a long overdue look in the mirror. Being in the tech industry I?ve been swept up in thought leadership, heroic philanthropy, and the promise of innovation to ...

    This is an excellent book and a must-read! It's also totally readable and even quite funny at times. And it's the kind of book that you keep bringing up in conversation and then trailing off and saying---you just really have to read this book. The oversimplified thesis is that you can'...

    As someone who has dithered on the edges of "elites changing the world", much of this rings true and I believe (and grapple) with the tension between the sometimes necessary power/influence/fortune needed, as we strive for justice and equity. An article that I always refer back to is N...

    Before you read this book, read the author?s bio. For someone who is so critical of elites hiding in their hobbit holes, he waits until the acknowledgments section at the end to let you know that he is one of them. I found this incredibly bizarre. He says the reason is because he did...

    Very mixed feelings about this book. I liked some parts too much to give a low rating, disliked other parts too much to give a high rating, and don't feel those should average out. While I was reading, I was considering a criticism that this book is ultimately not engaged in critica...

    I ADORED this book. It was not without its flaws, including being super biased, one sided and judgmental, but I LOVED it. I?ve been a total MarketWorlder, assuming business was the best vehicle for making change and business school was the most effective way to learn now. And this bo...

    Philanthropy exists mainly to enable the super-rich and super-powerful to defer any serious discussion of a serious reordering of power and wealth, argues Giridharadas. Through a series of vignettes both of the super-rich and super-powerful themselves, who prove themselves unable to co...

    Very much in the tradition of Thomas Frank and the Baffler Magazine. This lampoons the TED talking Thought leaders and Elon Musks hanging around Davos and Martha's Vineyard. You know the plutocrats on a mission to save us all. I don't know if they do it the avoid scrutiny or salve thei...

    Incisive, hard-hitting critique on philanthrocapitalism full of sarcasm, humour and a ton of food for thought. The author very clearly lays out his privileges, insider-outsider status and unpacks the whole 'i want to save the world' charade that elite across the world are engaged in. I...

    on point synopsis from The New Yorker.... Anand Giridharadas takes on the ethos of ?doing good by doing well?: the feel-good ideology that enables people who think of themselves as good, principled, politically aware, and even woke to contribute to?and benefit from?ever-incr...

    It's hard to argue with any of the blatantly obvious points Giridharadas makes, but in chapter after chapter his targets prove themselves immune to the criticism. The whole book is a collective portrait of a class well-described by Tolstoy in one of the book's epigraphs: ?I sit on...

    so good! an insider look at the moral bankruptcy of philanthrocapitalism. very accessible but still riveting. highly recommended ...

    This book was definitely an eye-opener for me. As one who deals with charities and non-profits some, it saddened me to see how much that world is being abused by those with the most money to spare. The richest 1% have managed to grow in power and influence over the past decades so t...

  • Peter Mcloughlin
    Nov 21, 2018

    What Trump and Idealists Have in Common ?Making a difference? could be the idealistic theme of my generation?s collective ethos - at least among those of us who survived the drug-culture of the 60?s and 70?s with intact minds. The world had been opened to us by cheap acces...

    Did you watch Zuckerberg testify before the Senate committees about Facebook and the 2018 election? Were you struck by how blithely unrepentant he seemed, how convinced that his titanic, poorly monitored data base?which he habitually describes as ?a community??is an unalloyed...

    This is another book recommended to me by Richard. In many ways this is a similar and perhaps an even better book than ?Small Change: Why business won?t save the world? by Michael Edwards. Under my review of that book Jan-Maat mentions Andrew Carnegie ? and he gets quite a run ...

    Winners Take All is the hardest book I have ever read. Not because it was inaccessible or esoteric, but because it forced a long overdue look in the mirror. Being in the tech industry I?ve been swept up in thought leadership, heroic philanthropy, and the promise of innovation to ...

    This is an excellent book and a must-read! It's also totally readable and even quite funny at times. And it's the kind of book that you keep bringing up in conversation and then trailing off and saying---you just really have to read this book. The oversimplified thesis is that you can'...

    As someone who has dithered on the edges of "elites changing the world", much of this rings true and I believe (and grapple) with the tension between the sometimes necessary power/influence/fortune needed, as we strive for justice and equity. An article that I always refer back to is N...

    Before you read this book, read the author?s bio. For someone who is so critical of elites hiding in their hobbit holes, he waits until the acknowledgments section at the end to let you know that he is one of them. I found this incredibly bizarre. He says the reason is because he did...

    Very mixed feelings about this book. I liked some parts too much to give a low rating, disliked other parts too much to give a high rating, and don't feel those should average out. While I was reading, I was considering a criticism that this book is ultimately not engaged in critica...

    I ADORED this book. It was not without its flaws, including being super biased, one sided and judgmental, but I LOVED it. I?ve been a total MarketWorlder, assuming business was the best vehicle for making change and business school was the most effective way to learn now. And this bo...

    Philanthropy exists mainly to enable the super-rich and super-powerful to defer any serious discussion of a serious reordering of power and wealth, argues Giridharadas. Through a series of vignettes both of the super-rich and super-powerful themselves, who prove themselves unable to co...

    Very much in the tradition of Thomas Frank and the Baffler Magazine. This lampoons the TED talking Thought leaders and Elon Musks hanging around Davos and Martha's Vineyard. You know the plutocrats on a mission to save us all. I don't know if they do it the avoid scrutiny or salve thei...

  • BlackOxford
    Nov 05, 2018

    What Trump and Idealists Have in Common ?Making a difference? could be the idealistic theme of my generation?s collective ethos - at least among those of us who survived the drug-culture of the 60?s and 70?s with intact minds. The world had been opened to us by cheap acces...

  • Adam McNamara
    Nov 30, 2018

    What Trump and Idealists Have in Common ?Making a difference? could be the idealistic theme of my generation?s collective ethos - at least among those of us who survived the drug-culture of the 60?s and 70?s with intact minds. The world had been opened to us by cheap acces...

    Did you watch Zuckerberg testify before the Senate committees about Facebook and the 2018 election? Were you struck by how blithely unrepentant he seemed, how convinced that his titanic, poorly monitored data base?which he habitually describes as ?a community??is an unalloyed...

    This is another book recommended to me by Richard. In many ways this is a similar and perhaps an even better book than ?Small Change: Why business won?t save the world? by Michael Edwards. Under my review of that book Jan-Maat mentions Andrew Carnegie ? and he gets quite a run ...

    Winners Take All is the hardest book I have ever read. Not because it was inaccessible or esoteric, but because it forced a long overdue look in the mirror. Being in the tech industry I?ve been swept up in thought leadership, heroic philanthropy, and the promise of innovation to ...

    This is an excellent book and a must-read! It's also totally readable and even quite funny at times. And it's the kind of book that you keep bringing up in conversation and then trailing off and saying---you just really have to read this book. The oversimplified thesis is that you can'...

    As someone who has dithered on the edges of "elites changing the world", much of this rings true and I believe (and grapple) with the tension between the sometimes necessary power/influence/fortune needed, as we strive for justice and equity. An article that I always refer back to is N...

    Before you read this book, read the author?s bio. For someone who is so critical of elites hiding in their hobbit holes, he waits until the acknowledgments section at the end to let you know that he is one of them. I found this incredibly bizarre. He says the reason is because he did...

    Very mixed feelings about this book. I liked some parts too much to give a low rating, disliked other parts too much to give a high rating, and don't feel those should average out. While I was reading, I was considering a criticism that this book is ultimately not engaged in critica...

    I ADORED this book. It was not without its flaws, including being super biased, one sided and judgmental, but I LOVED it. I?ve been a total MarketWorlder, assuming business was the best vehicle for making change and business school was the most effective way to learn now. And this bo...

    Philanthropy exists mainly to enable the super-rich and super-powerful to defer any serious discussion of a serious reordering of power and wealth, argues Giridharadas. Through a series of vignettes both of the super-rich and super-powerful themselves, who prove themselves unable to co...

    Very much in the tradition of Thomas Frank and the Baffler Magazine. This lampoons the TED talking Thought leaders and Elon Musks hanging around Davos and Martha's Vineyard. You know the plutocrats on a mission to save us all. I don't know if they do it the avoid scrutiny or salve thei...

    Incisive, hard-hitting critique on philanthrocapitalism full of sarcasm, humour and a ton of food for thought. The author very clearly lays out his privileges, insider-outsider status and unpacks the whole 'i want to save the world' charade that elite across the world are engaged in. I...

    on point synopsis from The New Yorker.... Anand Giridharadas takes on the ethos of ?doing good by doing well?: the feel-good ideology that enables people who think of themselves as good, principled, politically aware, and even woke to contribute to?and benefit from?ever-incr...

    It's hard to argue with any of the blatantly obvious points Giridharadas makes, but in chapter after chapter his targets prove themselves immune to the criticism. The whole book is a collective portrait of a class well-described by Tolstoy in one of the book's epigraphs: ?I sit on...

    so good! an insider look at the moral bankruptcy of philanthrocapitalism. very accessible but still riveting. highly recommended ...

    This book was definitely an eye-opener for me. As one who deals with charities and non-profits some, it saddened me to see how much that world is being abused by those with the most money to spare. The richest 1% have managed to grow in power and influence over the past decades so t...

    "Winners Take All" is an important and timely book. Giridharadas examines the fundamental limitations and contradictions of those who work for social change from a position of wealth and prestige. His central theme is "the master's tools will never dismantle the master's house," that i...

    I enjoyed reading about this topic in the New Yorker and am sympathetic to the author's view of things. But the beginning of this book was so relentlessly repetitious that I couldn't carry on reading it. I felt that it went beyond "not my taste" to "where is your editor?". ...

    I found this a very enjoying read that really helped me coalesce some recent thoughts I've had recently on the subject. I first heard about the book on the Ezra Klein podcast (I would recommend listening to it as well to get Ezra's questions) and decided it was worth a try. It was. ...

    "Inspire the rich to do more good, but never, ever tell them to do less harm; inspire them to give back, but never, ever tell them to take less; inspire them to join the solution, but never, ever accuse them of being part of the problem." I say, sometimes, "How do those people sleep...

    The author crystallizes a good critique and rebuke of the intellectual elite classes, though he waits until the acknowledgements to, well, acknowledge a fuller extent of how much he was part of the problem and to an extent still is. It?s evident elsewhere anyway, as he only menti...

    We live in a world where every SV exec and company, even ones laughably so (Coca-Cola? Facebook?) claim to be changing the world for the better, doing good and are involved in charitable donations. With so much charity and well-meaning, why hasn't the average American seen an income ch...

    A phenomenally thought-provoking book examining the myths and fallacies of change and problem solving via market-driven solutions advocated by global elites seeking win-win solutions that fail to address the root causes of problems for which those elites may be the very causes or enabl...

    111th book for 2018. We used to have public intellectuals, now we have thought leaders. Intellectuals wrote books with difficult truths that people didn't like; thought leaders give empowering talks at Davos and TED. If this sounds too hard, consider that "social inequality" is a...

    Winners Take All is about the elite?s ?charade of changing the world.? Specifically, it?s about how wealthy people do a modest bit of good (through philanthropy) while doing nothing about larger systems of injustice (that they may or may not benefit from). The author?s lin...

  • Radiantflux
    Dec 01, 2018

    What Trump and Idealists Have in Common ?Making a difference? could be the idealistic theme of my generation?s collective ethos - at least among those of us who survived the drug-culture of the 60?s and 70?s with intact minds. The world had been opened to us by cheap acces...

    Did you watch Zuckerberg testify before the Senate committees about Facebook and the 2018 election? Were you struck by how blithely unrepentant he seemed, how convinced that his titanic, poorly monitored data base?which he habitually describes as ?a community??is an unalloyed...

    This is another book recommended to me by Richard. In many ways this is a similar and perhaps an even better book than ?Small Change: Why business won?t save the world? by Michael Edwards. Under my review of that book Jan-Maat mentions Andrew Carnegie ? and he gets quite a run ...

    Winners Take All is the hardest book I have ever read. Not because it was inaccessible or esoteric, but because it forced a long overdue look in the mirror. Being in the tech industry I?ve been swept up in thought leadership, heroic philanthropy, and the promise of innovation to ...

    This is an excellent book and a must-read! It's also totally readable and even quite funny at times. And it's the kind of book that you keep bringing up in conversation and then trailing off and saying---you just really have to read this book. The oversimplified thesis is that you can'...

    As someone who has dithered on the edges of "elites changing the world", much of this rings true and I believe (and grapple) with the tension between the sometimes necessary power/influence/fortune needed, as we strive for justice and equity. An article that I always refer back to is N...

    Before you read this book, read the author?s bio. For someone who is so critical of elites hiding in their hobbit holes, he waits until the acknowledgments section at the end to let you know that he is one of them. I found this incredibly bizarre. He says the reason is because he did...

    Very mixed feelings about this book. I liked some parts too much to give a low rating, disliked other parts too much to give a high rating, and don't feel those should average out. While I was reading, I was considering a criticism that this book is ultimately not engaged in critica...

    I ADORED this book. It was not without its flaws, including being super biased, one sided and judgmental, but I LOVED it. I?ve been a total MarketWorlder, assuming business was the best vehicle for making change and business school was the most effective way to learn now. And this bo...

    Philanthropy exists mainly to enable the super-rich and super-powerful to defer any serious discussion of a serious reordering of power and wealth, argues Giridharadas. Through a series of vignettes both of the super-rich and super-powerful themselves, who prove themselves unable to co...

    Very much in the tradition of Thomas Frank and the Baffler Magazine. This lampoons the TED talking Thought leaders and Elon Musks hanging around Davos and Martha's Vineyard. You know the plutocrats on a mission to save us all. I don't know if they do it the avoid scrutiny or salve thei...

    Incisive, hard-hitting critique on philanthrocapitalism full of sarcasm, humour and a ton of food for thought. The author very clearly lays out his privileges, insider-outsider status and unpacks the whole 'i want to save the world' charade that elite across the world are engaged in. I...

    on point synopsis from The New Yorker.... Anand Giridharadas takes on the ethos of ?doing good by doing well?: the feel-good ideology that enables people who think of themselves as good, principled, politically aware, and even woke to contribute to?and benefit from?ever-incr...

    It's hard to argue with any of the blatantly obvious points Giridharadas makes, but in chapter after chapter his targets prove themselves immune to the criticism. The whole book is a collective portrait of a class well-described by Tolstoy in one of the book's epigraphs: ?I sit on...

    so good! an insider look at the moral bankruptcy of philanthrocapitalism. very accessible but still riveting. highly recommended ...

    This book was definitely an eye-opener for me. As one who deals with charities and non-profits some, it saddened me to see how much that world is being abused by those with the most money to spare. The richest 1% have managed to grow in power and influence over the past decades so t...

    "Winners Take All" is an important and timely book. Giridharadas examines the fundamental limitations and contradictions of those who work for social change from a position of wealth and prestige. His central theme is "the master's tools will never dismantle the master's house," that i...

    I enjoyed reading about this topic in the New Yorker and am sympathetic to the author's view of things. But the beginning of this book was so relentlessly repetitious that I couldn't carry on reading it. I felt that it went beyond "not my taste" to "where is your editor?". ...

    I found this a very enjoying read that really helped me coalesce some recent thoughts I've had recently on the subject. I first heard about the book on the Ezra Klein podcast (I would recommend listening to it as well to get Ezra's questions) and decided it was worth a try. It was. ...

    "Inspire the rich to do more good, but never, ever tell them to do less harm; inspire them to give back, but never, ever tell them to take less; inspire them to join the solution, but never, ever accuse them of being part of the problem." I say, sometimes, "How do those people sleep...

    The author crystallizes a good critique and rebuke of the intellectual elite classes, though he waits until the acknowledgements to, well, acknowledge a fuller extent of how much he was part of the problem and to an extent still is. It?s evident elsewhere anyway, as he only menti...

    We live in a world where every SV exec and company, even ones laughably so (Coca-Cola? Facebook?) claim to be changing the world for the better, doing good and are involved in charitable donations. With so much charity and well-meaning, why hasn't the average American seen an income ch...

    A phenomenally thought-provoking book examining the myths and fallacies of change and problem solving via market-driven solutions advocated by global elites seeking win-win solutions that fail to address the root causes of problems for which those elites may be the very causes or enabl...

    111th book for 2018. We used to have public intellectuals, now we have thought leaders. Intellectuals wrote books with difficult truths that people didn't like; thought leaders give empowering talks at Davos and TED. If this sounds too hard, consider that "social inequality" is a...

  • Paul Ark
    Sep 27, 2018

    What Trump and Idealists Have in Common ?Making a difference? could be the idealistic theme of my generation?s collective ethos - at least among those of us who survived the drug-culture of the 60?s and 70?s with intact minds. The world had been opened to us by cheap acces...

    Did you watch Zuckerberg testify before the Senate committees about Facebook and the 2018 election? Were you struck by how blithely unrepentant he seemed, how convinced that his titanic, poorly monitored data base?which he habitually describes as ?a community??is an unalloyed...

    This is another book recommended to me by Richard. In many ways this is a similar and perhaps an even better book than ?Small Change: Why business won?t save the world? by Michael Edwards. Under my review of that book Jan-Maat mentions Andrew Carnegie ? and he gets quite a run ...

    Winners Take All is the hardest book I have ever read. Not because it was inaccessible or esoteric, but because it forced a long overdue look in the mirror. Being in the tech industry I?ve been swept up in thought leadership, heroic philanthropy, and the promise of innovation to ...

    This is an excellent book and a must-read! It's also totally readable and even quite funny at times. And it's the kind of book that you keep bringing up in conversation and then trailing off and saying---you just really have to read this book. The oversimplified thesis is that you can'...

    As someone who has dithered on the edges of "elites changing the world", much of this rings true and I believe (and grapple) with the tension between the sometimes necessary power/influence/fortune needed, as we strive for justice and equity. An article that I always refer back to is N...

    Before you read this book, read the author?s bio. For someone who is so critical of elites hiding in their hobbit holes, he waits until the acknowledgments section at the end to let you know that he is one of them. I found this incredibly bizarre. He says the reason is because he did...

    Very mixed feelings about this book. I liked some parts too much to give a low rating, disliked other parts too much to give a high rating, and don't feel those should average out. While I was reading, I was considering a criticism that this book is ultimately not engaged in critica...

    I ADORED this book. It was not without its flaws, including being super biased, one sided and judgmental, but I LOVED it. I?ve been a total MarketWorlder, assuming business was the best vehicle for making change and business school was the most effective way to learn now. And this bo...

    Philanthropy exists mainly to enable the super-rich and super-powerful to defer any serious discussion of a serious reordering of power and wealth, argues Giridharadas. Through a series of vignettes both of the super-rich and super-powerful themselves, who prove themselves unable to co...

    Very much in the tradition of Thomas Frank and the Baffler Magazine. This lampoons the TED talking Thought leaders and Elon Musks hanging around Davos and Martha's Vineyard. You know the plutocrats on a mission to save us all. I don't know if they do it the avoid scrutiny or salve thei...

    Incisive, hard-hitting critique on philanthrocapitalism full of sarcasm, humour and a ton of food for thought. The author very clearly lays out his privileges, insider-outsider status and unpacks the whole 'i want to save the world' charade that elite across the world are engaged in. I...

    on point synopsis from The New Yorker.... Anand Giridharadas takes on the ethos of ?doing good by doing well?: the feel-good ideology that enables people who think of themselves as good, principled, politically aware, and even woke to contribute to?and benefit from?ever-incr...

    It's hard to argue with any of the blatantly obvious points Giridharadas makes, but in chapter after chapter his targets prove themselves immune to the criticism. The whole book is a collective portrait of a class well-described by Tolstoy in one of the book's epigraphs: ?I sit on...

    so good! an insider look at the moral bankruptcy of philanthrocapitalism. very accessible but still riveting. highly recommended ...

    This book was definitely an eye-opener for me. As one who deals with charities and non-profits some, it saddened me to see how much that world is being abused by those with the most money to spare. The richest 1% have managed to grow in power and influence over the past decades so t...

    "Winners Take All" is an important and timely book. Giridharadas examines the fundamental limitations and contradictions of those who work for social change from a position of wealth and prestige. His central theme is "the master's tools will never dismantle the master's house," that i...

    I enjoyed reading about this topic in the New Yorker and am sympathetic to the author's view of things. But the beginning of this book was so relentlessly repetitious that I couldn't carry on reading it. I felt that it went beyond "not my taste" to "where is your editor?". ...

    I found this a very enjoying read that really helped me coalesce some recent thoughts I've had recently on the subject. I first heard about the book on the Ezra Klein podcast (I would recommend listening to it as well to get Ezra's questions) and decided it was worth a try. It was. ...

    "Inspire the rich to do more good, but never, ever tell them to do less harm; inspire them to give back, but never, ever tell them to take less; inspire them to join the solution, but never, ever accuse them of being part of the problem." I say, sometimes, "How do those people sleep...

    The author crystallizes a good critique and rebuke of the intellectual elite classes, though he waits until the acknowledgements to, well, acknowledge a fuller extent of how much he was part of the problem and to an extent still is. It?s evident elsewhere anyway, as he only menti...

    We live in a world where every SV exec and company, even ones laughably so (Coca-Cola? Facebook?) claim to be changing the world for the better, doing good and are involved in charitable donations. With so much charity and well-meaning, why hasn't the average American seen an income ch...

    A phenomenally thought-provoking book examining the myths and fallacies of change and problem solving via market-driven solutions advocated by global elites seeking win-win solutions that fail to address the root causes of problems for which those elites may be the very causes or enabl...

  • John Spiller
    Sep 06, 2018

    What Trump and Idealists Have in Common ?Making a difference? could be the idealistic theme of my generation?s collective ethos - at least among those of us who survived the drug-culture of the 60?s and 70?s with intact minds. The world had been opened to us by cheap acces...

    Did you watch Zuckerberg testify before the Senate committees about Facebook and the 2018 election? Were you struck by how blithely unrepentant he seemed, how convinced that his titanic, poorly monitored data base?which he habitually describes as ?a community??is an unalloyed...

    This is another book recommended to me by Richard. In many ways this is a similar and perhaps an even better book than ?Small Change: Why business won?t save the world? by Michael Edwards. Under my review of that book Jan-Maat mentions Andrew Carnegie ? and he gets quite a run ...

    Winners Take All is the hardest book I have ever read. Not because it was inaccessible or esoteric, but because it forced a long overdue look in the mirror. Being in the tech industry I?ve been swept up in thought leadership, heroic philanthropy, and the promise of innovation to ...

    This is an excellent book and a must-read! It's also totally readable and even quite funny at times. And it's the kind of book that you keep bringing up in conversation and then trailing off and saying---you just really have to read this book. The oversimplified thesis is that you can'...

    As someone who has dithered on the edges of "elites changing the world", much of this rings true and I believe (and grapple) with the tension between the sometimes necessary power/influence/fortune needed, as we strive for justice and equity. An article that I always refer back to is N...

    Before you read this book, read the author?s bio. For someone who is so critical of elites hiding in their hobbit holes, he waits until the acknowledgments section at the end to let you know that he is one of them. I found this incredibly bizarre. He says the reason is because he did...

    Very mixed feelings about this book. I liked some parts too much to give a low rating, disliked other parts too much to give a high rating, and don't feel those should average out. While I was reading, I was considering a criticism that this book is ultimately not engaged in critica...

    I ADORED this book. It was not without its flaws, including being super biased, one sided and judgmental, but I LOVED it. I?ve been a total MarketWorlder, assuming business was the best vehicle for making change and business school was the most effective way to learn now. And this bo...

    Philanthropy exists mainly to enable the super-rich and super-powerful to defer any serious discussion of a serious reordering of power and wealth, argues Giridharadas. Through a series of vignettes both of the super-rich and super-powerful themselves, who prove themselves unable to co...

    Very much in the tradition of Thomas Frank and the Baffler Magazine. This lampoons the TED talking Thought leaders and Elon Musks hanging around Davos and Martha's Vineyard. You know the plutocrats on a mission to save us all. I don't know if they do it the avoid scrutiny or salve thei...

    Incisive, hard-hitting critique on philanthrocapitalism full of sarcasm, humour and a ton of food for thought. The author very clearly lays out his privileges, insider-outsider status and unpacks the whole 'i want to save the world' charade that elite across the world are engaged in. I...

    on point synopsis from The New Yorker.... Anand Giridharadas takes on the ethos of ?doing good by doing well?: the feel-good ideology that enables people who think of themselves as good, principled, politically aware, and even woke to contribute to?and benefit from?ever-incr...

    It's hard to argue with any of the blatantly obvious points Giridharadas makes, but in chapter after chapter his targets prove themselves immune to the criticism. The whole book is a collective portrait of a class well-described by Tolstoy in one of the book's epigraphs: ?I sit on...

    so good! an insider look at the moral bankruptcy of philanthrocapitalism. very accessible but still riveting. highly recommended ...

    This book was definitely an eye-opener for me. As one who deals with charities and non-profits some, it saddened me to see how much that world is being abused by those with the most money to spare. The richest 1% have managed to grow in power and influence over the past decades so t...

    "Winners Take All" is an important and timely book. Giridharadas examines the fundamental limitations and contradictions of those who work for social change from a position of wealth and prestige. His central theme is "the master's tools will never dismantle the master's house," that i...

  • Wendy Liu
    Jan 26, 2019

    What Trump and Idealists Have in Common ?Making a difference? could be the idealistic theme of my generation?s collective ethos - at least among those of us who survived the drug-culture of the 60?s and 70?s with intact minds. The world had been opened to us by cheap acces...

    Did you watch Zuckerberg testify before the Senate committees about Facebook and the 2018 election? Were you struck by how blithely unrepentant he seemed, how convinced that his titanic, poorly monitored data base?which he habitually describes as ?a community??is an unalloyed...

    This is another book recommended to me by Richard. In many ways this is a similar and perhaps an even better book than ?Small Change: Why business won?t save the world? by Michael Edwards. Under my review of that book Jan-Maat mentions Andrew Carnegie ? and he gets quite a run ...

    Winners Take All is the hardest book I have ever read. Not because it was inaccessible or esoteric, but because it forced a long overdue look in the mirror. Being in the tech industry I?ve been swept up in thought leadership, heroic philanthropy, and the promise of innovation to ...

    This is an excellent book and a must-read! It's also totally readable and even quite funny at times. And it's the kind of book that you keep bringing up in conversation and then trailing off and saying---you just really have to read this book. The oversimplified thesis is that you can'...

    As someone who has dithered on the edges of "elites changing the world", much of this rings true and I believe (and grapple) with the tension between the sometimes necessary power/influence/fortune needed, as we strive for justice and equity. An article that I always refer back to is N...

    Before you read this book, read the author?s bio. For someone who is so critical of elites hiding in their hobbit holes, he waits until the acknowledgments section at the end to let you know that he is one of them. I found this incredibly bizarre. He says the reason is because he did...

    Very mixed feelings about this book. I liked some parts too much to give a low rating, disliked other parts too much to give a high rating, and don't feel those should average out. While I was reading, I was considering a criticism that this book is ultimately not engaged in critica...

    I ADORED this book. It was not without its flaws, including being super biased, one sided and judgmental, but I LOVED it. I?ve been a total MarketWorlder, assuming business was the best vehicle for making change and business school was the most effective way to learn now. And this bo...

    Philanthropy exists mainly to enable the super-rich and super-powerful to defer any serious discussion of a serious reordering of power and wealth, argues Giridharadas. Through a series of vignettes both of the super-rich and super-powerful themselves, who prove themselves unable to co...

    Very much in the tradition of Thomas Frank and the Baffler Magazine. This lampoons the TED talking Thought leaders and Elon Musks hanging around Davos and Martha's Vineyard. You know the plutocrats on a mission to save us all. I don't know if they do it the avoid scrutiny or salve thei...

    Incisive, hard-hitting critique on philanthrocapitalism full of sarcasm, humour and a ton of food for thought. The author very clearly lays out his privileges, insider-outsider status and unpacks the whole 'i want to save the world' charade that elite across the world are engaged in. I...

    on point synopsis from The New Yorker.... Anand Giridharadas takes on the ethos of ?doing good by doing well?: the feel-good ideology that enables people who think of themselves as good, principled, politically aware, and even woke to contribute to?and benefit from?ever-incr...

    It's hard to argue with any of the blatantly obvious points Giridharadas makes, but in chapter after chapter his targets prove themselves immune to the criticism. The whole book is a collective portrait of a class well-described by Tolstoy in one of the book's epigraphs: ?I sit on...

    so good! an insider look at the moral bankruptcy of philanthrocapitalism. very accessible but still riveting. highly recommended ...

  • Michael Tackett
    Sep 14, 2018

    What Trump and Idealists Have in Common ?Making a difference? could be the idealistic theme of my generation?s collective ethos - at least among those of us who survived the drug-culture of the 60?s and 70?s with intact minds. The world had been opened to us by cheap acces...

    Did you watch Zuckerberg testify before the Senate committees about Facebook and the 2018 election? Were you struck by how blithely unrepentant he seemed, how convinced that his titanic, poorly monitored data base?which he habitually describes as ?a community??is an unalloyed...

    This is another book recommended to me by Richard. In many ways this is a similar and perhaps an even better book than ?Small Change: Why business won?t save the world? by Michael Edwards. Under my review of that book Jan-Maat mentions Andrew Carnegie ? and he gets quite a run ...

    Winners Take All is the hardest book I have ever read. Not because it was inaccessible or esoteric, but because it forced a long overdue look in the mirror. Being in the tech industry I?ve been swept up in thought leadership, heroic philanthropy, and the promise of innovation to ...

    This is an excellent book and a must-read! It's also totally readable and even quite funny at times. And it's the kind of book that you keep bringing up in conversation and then trailing off and saying---you just really have to read this book. The oversimplified thesis is that you can'...

    As someone who has dithered on the edges of "elites changing the world", much of this rings true and I believe (and grapple) with the tension between the sometimes necessary power/influence/fortune needed, as we strive for justice and equity. An article that I always refer back to is N...

    Before you read this book, read the author?s bio. For someone who is so critical of elites hiding in their hobbit holes, he waits until the acknowledgments section at the end to let you know that he is one of them. I found this incredibly bizarre. He says the reason is because he did...

    Very mixed feelings about this book. I liked some parts too much to give a low rating, disliked other parts too much to give a high rating, and don't feel those should average out. While I was reading, I was considering a criticism that this book is ultimately not engaged in critica...

    I ADORED this book. It was not without its flaws, including being super biased, one sided and judgmental, but I LOVED it. I?ve been a total MarketWorlder, assuming business was the best vehicle for making change and business school was the most effective way to learn now. And this bo...

    Philanthropy exists mainly to enable the super-rich and super-powerful to defer any serious discussion of a serious reordering of power and wealth, argues Giridharadas. Through a series of vignettes both of the super-rich and super-powerful themselves, who prove themselves unable to co...

    Very much in the tradition of Thomas Frank and the Baffler Magazine. This lampoons the TED talking Thought leaders and Elon Musks hanging around Davos and Martha's Vineyard. You know the plutocrats on a mission to save us all. I don't know if they do it the avoid scrutiny or salve thei...

    Incisive, hard-hitting critique on philanthrocapitalism full of sarcasm, humour and a ton of food for thought. The author very clearly lays out his privileges, insider-outsider status and unpacks the whole 'i want to save the world' charade that elite across the world are engaged in. I...

    on point synopsis from The New Yorker.... Anand Giridharadas takes on the ethos of ?doing good by doing well?: the feel-good ideology that enables people who think of themselves as good, principled, politically aware, and even woke to contribute to?and benefit from?ever-incr...

    It's hard to argue with any of the blatantly obvious points Giridharadas makes, but in chapter after chapter his targets prove themselves immune to the criticism. The whole book is a collective portrait of a class well-described by Tolstoy in one of the book's epigraphs: ?I sit on...

    so good! an insider look at the moral bankruptcy of philanthrocapitalism. very accessible but still riveting. highly recommended ...

    This book was definitely an eye-opener for me. As one who deals with charities and non-profits some, it saddened me to see how much that world is being abused by those with the most money to spare. The richest 1% have managed to grow in power and influence over the past decades so t...

    "Winners Take All" is an important and timely book. Giridharadas examines the fundamental limitations and contradictions of those who work for social change from a position of wealth and prestige. His central theme is "the master's tools will never dismantle the master's house," that i...

    I enjoyed reading about this topic in the New Yorker and am sympathetic to the author's view of things. But the beginning of this book was so relentlessly repetitious that I couldn't carry on reading it. I felt that it went beyond "not my taste" to "where is your editor?". ...

    I found this a very enjoying read that really helped me coalesce some recent thoughts I've had recently on the subject. I first heard about the book on the Ezra Klein podcast (I would recommend listening to it as well to get Ezra's questions) and decided it was worth a try. It was. ...

  • David Wunderlich
    Oct 23, 2018

    What Trump and Idealists Have in Common ?Making a difference? could be the idealistic theme of my generation?s collective ethos - at least among those of us who survived the drug-culture of the 60?s and 70?s with intact minds. The world had been opened to us by cheap acces...

    Did you watch Zuckerberg testify before the Senate committees about Facebook and the 2018 election? Were you struck by how blithely unrepentant he seemed, how convinced that his titanic, poorly monitored data base?which he habitually describes as ?a community??is an unalloyed...

    This is another book recommended to me by Richard. In many ways this is a similar and perhaps an even better book than ?Small Change: Why business won?t save the world? by Michael Edwards. Under my review of that book Jan-Maat mentions Andrew Carnegie ? and he gets quite a run ...

    Winners Take All is the hardest book I have ever read. Not because it was inaccessible or esoteric, but because it forced a long overdue look in the mirror. Being in the tech industry I?ve been swept up in thought leadership, heroic philanthropy, and the promise of innovation to ...

    This is an excellent book and a must-read! It's also totally readable and even quite funny at times. And it's the kind of book that you keep bringing up in conversation and then trailing off and saying---you just really have to read this book. The oversimplified thesis is that you can'...

    As someone who has dithered on the edges of "elites changing the world", much of this rings true and I believe (and grapple) with the tension between the sometimes necessary power/influence/fortune needed, as we strive for justice and equity. An article that I always refer back to is N...

    Before you read this book, read the author?s bio. For someone who is so critical of elites hiding in their hobbit holes, he waits until the acknowledgments section at the end to let you know that he is one of them. I found this incredibly bizarre. He says the reason is because he did...

    Very mixed feelings about this book. I liked some parts too much to give a low rating, disliked other parts too much to give a high rating, and don't feel those should average out. While I was reading, I was considering a criticism that this book is ultimately not engaged in critica...

    I ADORED this book. It was not without its flaws, including being super biased, one sided and judgmental, but I LOVED it. I?ve been a total MarketWorlder, assuming business was the best vehicle for making change and business school was the most effective way to learn now. And this bo...

    Philanthropy exists mainly to enable the super-rich and super-powerful to defer any serious discussion of a serious reordering of power and wealth, argues Giridharadas. Through a series of vignettes both of the super-rich and super-powerful themselves, who prove themselves unable to co...

    Very much in the tradition of Thomas Frank and the Baffler Magazine. This lampoons the TED talking Thought leaders and Elon Musks hanging around Davos and Martha's Vineyard. You know the plutocrats on a mission to save us all. I don't know if they do it the avoid scrutiny or salve thei...

    Incisive, hard-hitting critique on philanthrocapitalism full of sarcasm, humour and a ton of food for thought. The author very clearly lays out his privileges, insider-outsider status and unpacks the whole 'i want to save the world' charade that elite across the world are engaged in. I...

    on point synopsis from The New Yorker.... Anand Giridharadas takes on the ethos of ?doing good by doing well?: the feel-good ideology that enables people who think of themselves as good, principled, politically aware, and even woke to contribute to?and benefit from?ever-incr...

    It's hard to argue with any of the blatantly obvious points Giridharadas makes, but in chapter after chapter his targets prove themselves immune to the criticism. The whole book is a collective portrait of a class well-described by Tolstoy in one of the book's epigraphs: ?I sit on...

    so good! an insider look at the moral bankruptcy of philanthrocapitalism. very accessible but still riveting. highly recommended ...

    This book was definitely an eye-opener for me. As one who deals with charities and non-profits some, it saddened me to see how much that world is being abused by those with the most money to spare. The richest 1% have managed to grow in power and influence over the past decades so t...

    "Winners Take All" is an important and timely book. Giridharadas examines the fundamental limitations and contradictions of those who work for social change from a position of wealth and prestige. His central theme is "the master's tools will never dismantle the master's house," that i...

    I enjoyed reading about this topic in the New Yorker and am sympathetic to the author's view of things. But the beginning of this book was so relentlessly repetitious that I couldn't carry on reading it. I felt that it went beyond "not my taste" to "where is your editor?". ...

    I found this a very enjoying read that really helped me coalesce some recent thoughts I've had recently on the subject. I first heard about the book on the Ezra Klein podcast (I would recommend listening to it as well to get Ezra's questions) and decided it was worth a try. It was. ...

    "Inspire the rich to do more good, but never, ever tell them to do less harm; inspire them to give back, but never, ever tell them to take less; inspire them to join the solution, but never, ever accuse them of being part of the problem." I say, sometimes, "How do those people sleep...

    The author crystallizes a good critique and rebuke of the intellectual elite classes, though he waits until the acknowledgements to, well, acknowledge a fuller extent of how much he was part of the problem and to an extent still is. It?s evident elsewhere anyway, as he only menti...

  • Cesar
    Sep 30, 2018

    What Trump and Idealists Have in Common ?Making a difference? could be the idealistic theme of my generation?s collective ethos - at least among those of us who survived the drug-culture of the 60?s and 70?s with intact minds. The world had been opened to us by cheap acces...

    Did you watch Zuckerberg testify before the Senate committees about Facebook and the 2018 election? Were you struck by how blithely unrepentant he seemed, how convinced that his titanic, poorly monitored data base?which he habitually describes as ?a community??is an unalloyed...

    This is another book recommended to me by Richard. In many ways this is a similar and perhaps an even better book than ?Small Change: Why business won?t save the world? by Michael Edwards. Under my review of that book Jan-Maat mentions Andrew Carnegie ? and he gets quite a run ...

    Winners Take All is the hardest book I have ever read. Not because it was inaccessible or esoteric, but because it forced a long overdue look in the mirror. Being in the tech industry I?ve been swept up in thought leadership, heroic philanthropy, and the promise of innovation to ...

  • Randy
    Jan 22, 2019

    What Trump and Idealists Have in Common ?Making a difference? could be the idealistic theme of my generation?s collective ethos - at least among those of us who survived the drug-culture of the 60?s and 70?s with intact minds. The world had been opened to us by cheap acces...

    Did you watch Zuckerberg testify before the Senate committees about Facebook and the 2018 election? Were you struck by how blithely unrepentant he seemed, how convinced that his titanic, poorly monitored data base?which he habitually describes as ?a community??is an unalloyed...

    This is another book recommended to me by Richard. In many ways this is a similar and perhaps an even better book than ?Small Change: Why business won?t save the world? by Michael Edwards. Under my review of that book Jan-Maat mentions Andrew Carnegie ? and he gets quite a run ...

    Winners Take All is the hardest book I have ever read. Not because it was inaccessible or esoteric, but because it forced a long overdue look in the mirror. Being in the tech industry I?ve been swept up in thought leadership, heroic philanthropy, and the promise of innovation to ...

    This is an excellent book and a must-read! It's also totally readable and even quite funny at times. And it's the kind of book that you keep bringing up in conversation and then trailing off and saying---you just really have to read this book. The oversimplified thesis is that you can'...

    As someone who has dithered on the edges of "elites changing the world", much of this rings true and I believe (and grapple) with the tension between the sometimes necessary power/influence/fortune needed, as we strive for justice and equity. An article that I always refer back to is N...

    Before you read this book, read the author?s bio. For someone who is so critical of elites hiding in their hobbit holes, he waits until the acknowledgments section at the end to let you know that he is one of them. I found this incredibly bizarre. He says the reason is because he did...

    Very mixed feelings about this book. I liked some parts too much to give a low rating, disliked other parts too much to give a high rating, and don't feel those should average out. While I was reading, I was considering a criticism that this book is ultimately not engaged in critica...

    I ADORED this book. It was not without its flaws, including being super biased, one sided and judgmental, but I LOVED it. I?ve been a total MarketWorlder, assuming business was the best vehicle for making change and business school was the most effective way to learn now. And this bo...

    Philanthropy exists mainly to enable the super-rich and super-powerful to defer any serious discussion of a serious reordering of power and wealth, argues Giridharadas. Through a series of vignettes both of the super-rich and super-powerful themselves, who prove themselves unable to co...

    Very much in the tradition of Thomas Frank and the Baffler Magazine. This lampoons the TED talking Thought leaders and Elon Musks hanging around Davos and Martha's Vineyard. You know the plutocrats on a mission to save us all. I don't know if they do it the avoid scrutiny or salve thei...

    Incisive, hard-hitting critique on philanthrocapitalism full of sarcasm, humour and a ton of food for thought. The author very clearly lays out his privileges, insider-outsider status and unpacks the whole 'i want to save the world' charade that elite across the world are engaged in. I...

    on point synopsis from The New Yorker.... Anand Giridharadas takes on the ethos of ?doing good by doing well?: the feel-good ideology that enables people who think of themselves as good, principled, politically aware, and even woke to contribute to?and benefit from?ever-incr...

    It's hard to argue with any of the blatantly obvious points Giridharadas makes, but in chapter after chapter his targets prove themselves immune to the criticism. The whole book is a collective portrait of a class well-described by Tolstoy in one of the book's epigraphs: ?I sit on...

    so good! an insider look at the moral bankruptcy of philanthrocapitalism. very accessible but still riveting. highly recommended ...

    This book was definitely an eye-opener for me. As one who deals with charities and non-profits some, it saddened me to see how much that world is being abused by those with the most money to spare. The richest 1% have managed to grow in power and influence over the past decades so t...

    "Winners Take All" is an important and timely book. Giridharadas examines the fundamental limitations and contradictions of those who work for social change from a position of wealth and prestige. His central theme is "the master's tools will never dismantle the master's house," that i...

    I enjoyed reading about this topic in the New Yorker and am sympathetic to the author's view of things. But the beginning of this book was so relentlessly repetitious that I couldn't carry on reading it. I felt that it went beyond "not my taste" to "where is your editor?". ...

    I found this a very enjoying read that really helped me coalesce some recent thoughts I've had recently on the subject. I first heard about the book on the Ezra Klein podcast (I would recommend listening to it as well to get Ezra's questions) and decided it was worth a try. It was. ...

    "Inspire the rich to do more good, but never, ever tell them to do less harm; inspire them to give back, but never, ever tell them to take less; inspire them to join the solution, but never, ever accuse them of being part of the problem." I say, sometimes, "How do those people sleep...

    The author crystallizes a good critique and rebuke of the intellectual elite classes, though he waits until the acknowledgements to, well, acknowledge a fuller extent of how much he was part of the problem and to an extent still is. It?s evident elsewhere anyway, as he only menti...

    We live in a world where every SV exec and company, even ones laughably so (Coca-Cola? Facebook?) claim to be changing the world for the better, doing good and are involved in charitable donations. With so much charity and well-meaning, why hasn't the average American seen an income ch...

    A phenomenally thought-provoking book examining the myths and fallacies of change and problem solving via market-driven solutions advocated by global elites seeking win-win solutions that fail to address the root causes of problems for which those elites may be the very causes or enabl...

    111th book for 2018. We used to have public intellectuals, now we have thought leaders. Intellectuals wrote books with difficult truths that people didn't like; thought leaders give empowering talks at Davos and TED. If this sounds too hard, consider that "social inequality" is a...

    Winners Take All is about the elite?s ?charade of changing the world.? Specifically, it?s about how wealthy people do a modest bit of good (through philanthropy) while doing nothing about larger systems of injustice (that they may or may not benefit from). The author?s lin...

    To take on the philanthropists of the world, accusing them of being part of a charade, takes some nerve. Giridhardas, a former New York Times Columnist and author, appears to have this in plenty. The fireworks start from the title, through to the opening quote from Leo Tolstoy. ?...

    Recommended if you?re angry at liberal elites and want to lean into that anger with some anecdotes and an uncomplicated narrative. Winners Take All tells the story of how a new elite of market-oriented, globe-trotting philanthropists have convinced themselves and the rest of us th...

    Will write a review later, it's definitely among the most mind-provocative books. In my mind, the following books provide most puzzle pieces to the big picture: Robert Kuttner's "Can Democracy Survive Global Capitalism?" offers an excellent overall view from the angle of economics. ...