The main thing I took away from this book was that problems the Founding Fathers were trying to prevent when they created our system of government have managed to return and we are essentially back at a similar point. The current people who occupy positions of power are unable to self-correct and want to continue with the status quo just like the British of the 18th century trying to run the distant colonies in North America. This book does a good job making the case that our government is no longer beholden to the people as it was intended but is instead run by a handful of elite lobbyists and political families that come from privileged backgrounds that do not represent the average American. Unfortunately, though there are a lot of great examples making this point, the book comes short of offering any real solutions. Only the last chapter gets into solutions, and they are pretty broad and vague.
Nonetheless, this book made me realize that we are at (or nearly at) a critical time in our country's history not unlike the revolutionary times of the 18th century. Massive changes must occur, so if we don't intentionally decide to self-correct, we are in for a massive collapse of our culture
Finally, I'm not a big fan of the author's performance. He seems to have trouble enunciate words and I found it quite annoying at times. It would probably be better having a professional "reader" read the book instead of the author himself.
My husband and I have seen Chris since he first started appearing on MSNBC. We have watched him grow as a TV personality. We lovingly call him 'junior."
As a talking head, Chris is OK, but we quickly saw where his talents lie. He is a wonderful moderator and has the most interesting discussions with his guests on his morning show, UP with Chris.
And the art of discussions is at the heart of what this book is about. The one thing that will make America a stronger country is open dialogue that gets to that heart of the issue and opens it up to many differet facets and points of view.
Chris does a great job of explaining why our current system is in the process of change and why this is inevable.
Sometimes I had listen to him on the slow speed to really digest what he was saying becasue he thinks as fast as he talks and it is a lot to take in at one time.
But he blew me away; I was so impressed with his book! I wish I could get more young people to read it because he has the antidote to apathy.
Yes, this is an accessible arguement about an important problem. Hayes, patiently but without condescention, gives his readers a coherent argument as to why meritocracy leads to an "entitled" elite that loses sight of its moral bearings.
Yes, I'm a liberal, so, I like him.
No, except I had to laugh at the stupid conservative Republicans.
One of the best books about what happened this last decade and how the elite have betrayed our confidence and set us adrift in an institutional black hole. The Church, Major-League baseball, the financial community and the political process are institutions that have failed us and left us looking for a new way to regain trust in anything in our lives. Chris carefully explains how our institutions have failed us and how we need to navigate in the world void of a trust in them.
Understanding Why !!
getting a better view and understanding of why things happen and how they are influenced will help get things changed for the better if you choose to do something about it :-)
One of the most informative, new thought, audiobooks I've listened to.
Hayes proves that the tea party and occupy wallstreet movement are one in the same.
"The teaparty wants to live back in the 50's and occupy wallstreeters want to work in the 50's." Love it.
It's liberal talk radio. I could get that on FM. I don't listen to talk radio, of any persuasion.
baseball steroid analysis earned the two stars.
disclaimer: Those who like this book may attribute my review to being part of "a group of hypereducated, ambitious overachievers who enjoy tremendous monetary rewards as well as unparalleled political power and prestige, and yet who manage to insulate themselves from sanction, competition, and accountability ..." -- Chapter 2. For the record, I don't think so.
Chris Hayes is a skilled speaker and writer. He is unfailingly intelligent, critical and honest. His book is absolutely worth a read or a listen and will educate and interest a wide range of audiences.