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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

Critic Reviews

"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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Focusing on the US, a comprehensive analysis of how the ideology and modus operandi of the market dominates the philanthropic sector and it’s wilful blindness to structural inequality and the contribution made by benefactors to social, environmental and political problems. The story features players from a college student thinking about how she might help the disadvantaged, to the Ford Foundation CEO, to former President Bill Clinton. The book is beautifully read by the author.

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Every entrepreneur needs to listen

Confronting yet excellent and fascinating not like anything I’ve read before. Share with others in business

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Essential read for aspiring "world changers"

I'm certainly guilty of "growing up" career-wise in Market World, much in the same vein as Hilary Cohen is profiled here, so I found this book a refreshing and vital challenge. Perhaps true to that nature, I did crave more of the solution in this book, e.g. putting more than one profile in the finishing chapter of role models that Giradharadas would consider as persevering to better the world without being constrained by self-serving Market World tactics. More concrete examples to inspire and give clearer directions on how very many options there are to pursue this end.

Still an excellent book to inspire conversation and discourse, and hopefully action.

Performance by Giradharadas was a little monotone in this recording, but overall fine.

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the road to hell is paved with good intentions

a much needed book
for a long time people have hidden wealth in charitable trusts to avoid tax rather than to help.
lets move towards a world that encourages and rewards risk taking and innovation but also one that takes note of the society that supports it

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very interesting and compelling

loved it was narrated by the author, and content applies to every western country as the same systems are in place to perpetuate the current status quo. fiod for thought and action

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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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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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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.

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  • 31-12-2019

Repetitive and narrow minded

Some elements of his ideas are of course universal like equal opportunity for all and that billionaires are biased and live in a bubble. However claiming Trump is a racist or white supremacist as he is against illegal immigration is self indulgent adolescent narcissism. The author is as biased as a news anchor and the premise of the book is spread too thinly over too many chapters. I think billionaire philanthropy being an ironic contradiction in terms was probably already obvious to most people. Good to listen to if you want to hear what the 'woke' think, and increasing opportunities for middle and working class Americans is something I think most people agree on.

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  • Christian R. Unger
  • 06-11-2020

Starts strong and finishes in nothingness

The first 3-4 hours are great, interesting points are made and intriguing discussion occurs. But then the author ran out of point, and thus pursued illustrating the same issues over and over and not even in a way that frankly becomes more than a bit boring.

Fantastic topic, but structured badly. The first half is probably worth the price of admission, but after that play it by ear. Especially grating is the epilogue which loops back to something discussed much earlier which made me skip the last ten minutes entirely.

Still important and definitely worth a listen. Makes its point maybe too concisely and then tries to keep it going.

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  • 匿名
  • 03-09-2020

Eye opening, startling...

can't believe what Anand managed to uncover and I also can't believe how little power the public domain has.

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  • 匿名
  • 08-11-2019

very good, scary and depressing

this book really opened my eyes to the hypocrisy of the philanthropic rich. it is such a shame we can't focus on bettering our world civilisation instead of funneling progress and productivity you to the 1%. What are we doing that allows 8 people have the same wealth as the bottom 50% of the world.

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  • A Buyer
  • 09-03-2019

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
  • 24-07-2019

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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  • hatzi
  • 09-07-2021

Way toooooooooo long

Interesting premise but should be a long article not a very long book. Read summary online rather than reading the book.

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  • 匿名
  • 15-12-2020

amazing!

great book about the false win win mentality many powerful people claim to be working for

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  • Alastair Cockburn
  • 04-07-2020

Brave, thoughtful, urgent

An unflinching look at the ever more complete capture of power and decision making by the wealthy

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  • Hormoz Pourkavoos
  • 05-02-2020

Read it

A book that all should read irrespective of whether you agree with the writer or not. A good investment of a few pounds (£).

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  • ekald
  • 16-01-2020

Everyone should hear this book

important book, should be required reading for all. Philanthropy is marketing of an evil system.

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  • HashTag
  • 10-12-2019

I had no idea...

To say that this was a revelation is not hyperbole on my part. I've often wondered why the so-called 'I-Specialists', rampant on social media kep telling us of the almost single-handed efforts to fix the world whilst making money haven't actually fixed anything.

Now I understand better and can see more clearly.

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  • Mubayiwa T
  • 11-11-2019

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I was saw impressed i bought 2 hard copies for my friends. It is an area not yet explored

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  • William
  • 03-06-2019

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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