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Winners Take All

The Elite Charade of Changing the World
Narrated by: Anand Giridharadas
Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
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Penguin presents the audiobook edition Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World, written and read by Anand Giridharadas. 

The New York Times best seller. 

What explains the spreading backlash against the global elite? In this revelatory investigation, Anand Giridharadas takes us into the inner sanctums of a new gilded age, showing how the elite follow a 'win-win' logic, fighting for equality and justice any way they can - except ways that threaten their position at the top. 

But why should our gravest problems be solved by consultancies, technology companies and corporate-sponsored charities instead of public institutions and elected officials? Why should we rely on scraps from the winners? Trenchant and gripping, this is an indispensable guide and call to action for elites and citizens alike.

©2019 Anand Giridharadas (P)2019 Penguin Books Ltd

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"Entertaining and gripping.... For those at the helm, the philanthropic plutocrats and aspiring 'change agents' who believe they are helping but are actually making things worse, it's time for a reckoning with their role in this spiraling dilemma." (Joseph Stiglitz, New York Times Book Review)

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  • A Buyer
  • 03-09-19

Disappointing

This book could have been an important polemic but unfortunately the writer makes his arguments through the lives of a dozen or so people and the result is slow moving and in places more than a little boring. I don't want to hear about the life experiences of people I don't know. I got tired of hearing 'he said, she said' and frequently wound forward. Where he does talk in more general or historical terms it is good but that is only a small part of the book.

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  • Abdullah.saif
  • 07-24-19

Enjoyable, but fails to address the problem

The world is being played by the rich. Those that don't care about consequences and those that do. Anand opens our eyes to the world of those rich people that supposedly do care about the consequences, but the status quo is too big and too costly to change. What then can change the system and bring about the change needed to address the stark imbalance between the haves and have nots? This book doesn't go there, but at least goes to address stage 1 of recovery, that if not being in denial.

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  • William
  • 06-03-19

Thought provoking critique

Clearly narrated. Well explained. Conscise in-depth explanations without labouring the points. Relevant to anybody who wants to understand today's society and some of the issues we face.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-04-19

why and how our economic system is broken

a great insight into the shortcomings and arrogance of marketworld thinking. Our economic system is broken, highlighted so clearly in this book. it is up to us to fight for a more egalitarian system and confront market world thinking head on!

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  • Jack Dawson
  • 05-02-19

Great book

Thanks for writing this book. Very revealing about our future. Exactly the kind of book I was looking for.

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  • Laurence S Danvers
  • 03-25-19

So greedy

very interesting story a real eye opener as to what is happening at the top and how it affects our everyday lives I will not look upon a philanthropist with the same eyes again.
So much money and so much forgetfulness about the government systems that brought them to where they are.
any social change should be brought about through government action..

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  • Manthos A. Mattheou
  • 03-13-19

The Helpers and the Helped

How dealing with poverty rather than inequality actually perpetuates the problems produced by inequality. The wealthy givers in their philanthropy may in fact be helping those in need yet such acts fail to take into account the fact that quite often the disparity in the financial position between the givers and the helped was in fact caused through the circumstances of both parties without in fact bringing about any lasting change through appropriate government intervention.

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  • Martin
  • 03-04-19

Seminal text for anyone interested in seeing the world as it is...

Giridhadas has done us all a real favour here by examining our collective insanity in revering the arsonists who started the fire - thanking them in fact for their offer of cups of water to douse some of the peripheral flames...

He has articulated beautifully my own long-held misgivings about generous super-rich benefactors and the real purposes of their largesse.

Must read.

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  • ayman
  • 04-17-19

Useless boring book

One of the worst book I have ever red
The author just keep mentioning peoples and what they did good as if they will give him money after !!!! No connection and no flow

Also he kept on saying the world but never mention a thing outside USA !!!
U could collect the name the author put and use Wikipedia to write even better book than this

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  • Istvan Szoke
  • 02-21-19

Thought provoking but..

...whilst on some points i have sympathy with his views, the author having offered no solution other than ranting and me personally having experienced first hand what life in a communist country was like, where the state was meant to allocate fairly to everybody according to their needs (we know how all that worked out), I couldn’t help but think of what someone wise said along the lines of “capitalism is flawed but nobody has invented a better system yet”.

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  • Olivier Hoarau
  • 06-27-19

Confronting, but so necessary!

What Anand Giridharadas talks about in his book is confronting, yet it is a crucial wake-up call if we wish to improve the world and reduce inequalities.
This book explains very well how plutocrates hijacked the decision making regarding the resolution of world's inequalities and why this is a biased process since these elites are very unlikely to impose limitations on their ability to create wealth and power, which is the source of inequality in the first place.
The books also dives into the dilemma of some very determined individuals who wanted to change things, end-up being swallowed by this system.
Utterly interesting book.

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  • cale
  • 06-16-19

Behold the truth and tremble in its wake.

An eye opener for sure. You may re-evaluate how to do good in the world after the ideas in the book swirl around you mind for a time.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-19-19

Sustainable development advocates must read

The book lifts the lid on the elites unfettered power to craft market solutions to global challenges, simultaneously reaping praise for self-interested do-gooding while getting a free pass for the harmful practices that often lead to their fortunes. Thank you to Anand for his bravery in letting us behind the scenes of the hypocrisy of the industry of elite world changing and advocating for real systems change.