Solid comprehensive timely
Hayes skillfully reviews the unraveling of every major institution in the recent past.
His description of the Catholic Church's handling of pedophile priests over decades was especially revealing.
It's how we got here.
Hayes narrates his book well. And while the book outlines the current state of our lives, I wish there were more solutions for our future were offered. Maybe that is his next book!
The author picks the worst developments of the last decade or so to make the point that everything is worse than ever. It is the availability heuristic in a book. I wasted a credit.
This is well written and interesting. Meritocracy seems to explain the disconnect that is felt between the people and those in power. It also explains how Washington and the talking heads got it so wrong with the recent election. Very interesting topic.
The Other Critic
Not everyone who writes about US politics writes well. Not everyone who reads their own book for the audio version knows how to entertain. Chris Hayes did both!
I loved this book. It is amazing how now his book is even more relevant to our current climate in this hostile election cycle. He is also fun to listen to.
I read this book after reading an online article about how it was the ethos for the show Mr Robot. Not sure about that necessarily, but in any case the book was much much more than that. Chi's Hayes has a wonderful insight illustrated through case studies and thought experiments about what it takes to improve our society. Never before have I read a better "we need to fix this" type if book. Highly highly recommend this book to thinkers on the left AND right of the political spectrum.
This book is essential to understanding one of the most important and impactful phenomenon at the core of western society in the twenty-first century.
Christopher Hayes narrates his own work brilliantly, pointing out the many pitfalls in our current institutions. He is a voice for change that our society sorely needs to listen to.