October GR Virtually Reads: Winners Take All
This month we are reading "Winners Take All" by Anand Giridharadas.
Whether you have just started the book or finished it months ago, all are welcome to come and join our book club, we would love to have you!
This book club is a virtual book club. You can join it by copying the link into your browser: https://meet.google.com/ajx-juke-xta
This book club is free and open to the public. Purchase your copy at Pages and get 15% off. This book club meets the first Tuesday of every other month. Ask one of our booksellers to learn more about it!
About Winners Take All
The New York Times bestselling, groundbreaking investigation of how the global elite's efforts to "change the world" preserve the status quo and obscure their role in causing the problems they later seek to solve. An essential read for understanding some of the egregious abuses of power that dominate today’s news.
Anand Giridharadas takes us into the inner sanctums of a new gilded age, where the rich and powerful fight for equality and justice any way they can—except ways that threaten the social order and their position atop it. They rebrand themselves as saviors of the poor; they lavishly reward “thought leaders” who redefine “change” in ways that preserve the status quo; and they constantly seek to do more good, but never less harm.
Giridharadas asks hard questions: Why, for example, should our gravest problems be solved by the unelected upper crust instead of the public institutions it erodes by lobbying and dodging taxes? His groundbreaking investigation has already forced a great, sorely needed reckoning among the world’s wealthiest and those they hover above, and it points toward an answer: Rather than rely on scraps from the winners, we must take on the grueling democratic work of building more robust, egalitarian institutions and truly changing the world—a call to action for elites and everyday citizens alike.