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Winners Take All

The Elite Charade of Changing the World
Narrated by: Anand Giridharadas
Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Politics
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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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the road to hell is paved with good intentions<br />

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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  • Daniel
  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-05-2019

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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-05-2019

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
  • 25-03-2019

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..