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As inequality grabs headlines, steals the show in presidential debates, and drives deep divides between the haves and have nots in America, class war brews. On one side, the wealthy wield power and advantage, wittingly or not, to keep the system operating in their favor - all while retreating into enclaves that separate them further and further from the poor and working class. On the other side, those who find it increasingly difficult to keep up or get ahead lash out - waging a rhetorical war against the rich and letting anger and resentment, however justifiable, keep us from seeing new potential solutions.

But can we suspend both class wars long enough to consider a new way forward? Is it really good for anyone that most of society's wealth is pooling at the very top of the wealth ladder? Does anyone, including the one percent, really want to live in a society plagued by economic apartheid?

It is time to think differently, says longtime inequality expert and activist Chuck Collins. Born into the one percent, Collins gave away his inheritance at 26 and spent the next three decades mobilizing against inequality. He uses his perspective from both sides of the divide to deliver a new narrative.

Collins calls for a ceasefire and invites the wealthy to come back home, investing themselves and their wealth in struggling communities. And he asks the non-wealthy to build alliances with the one percent and others at the top of the wealth ladder.

Stories told along the way explore the roots of advantage, show how taxpayers subsidize the wealthy, and reveal how charity, used incorrectly, can actually reinforce extreme inequality. Listeners meet pioneers who are crossing the divide to work together in new ways, including residents in the author's own Boston-area neighborhood who have launched some of the most interesting community transition efforts in the nation.

©2016 Chuck Collins (P)2017 Chelsea Green Publishing

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Excellent analysis of inequality for m America, including its negative impact on the wealthy...along with everyone else.

Rather than a call for class war fare against the 1%, it is an invitation to the wealthy to work to address inequality—including their very own real part in creating and perpetuating it—and work for a more equitable, inclusive, and just country. Although published before the 2016 elections, it couldn’t be more timely. Even if you are not a member of the top wealth owning 1%—or even top 20%—I think this is worth reading for its ideas on building the needed alliances across class to take on the current disastrous system.

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Thought-provoking

Solid ideas to engage the 1% and ourselves to acheive a common good for many.

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A dream in the real world

Where does Born on Third Base rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the top 10%

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Author, his story.

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If you could give Born on Third Base a new subtitle, what would it be?

Can’t change a perfect title

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If only more people thought like this the world would be such a better place. Unfortunately, human history tells us the human condition is flawed with selfishness, greed, envy, and pride.

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Engaging story of a man from the 1%

Chuck is really an incredible bloke. The story of how he inherited a fortune then gave it away is really fascinating because it's deeply thoughtful and informed. There's so much in here: radical politics, amusing anecdotes, educational information about inequality...

My only downsides are that it's quite long, and towards the end gets a bit repetitive. Think of it like the Lord of the Rings films - a slog in terms if time and density, but richly rewarding! (I actually listened to it slightly speeded up, which worked really well!)

This book has really galvanised me to think differently, learn more, and be involved in my community. A great inspiration for New Year's Resolutions!