Tailspin: The People and Forces Behind America's Fifty-Year Fall--and Those Fighting to Reverse It

Tailspin: The People and Forces Behind America's Fifty-Year Fall--and Those Fighting to Reverse It

by Steven Brill

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Overview

In this revelatory narrative covering the years 1967 to 2017, Steven Brill gives us a stunningly cogent picture of the broken system at the heart of our society. He shows us how, over the last half century, America’s core values—meritocracy, innovation, due process, free speech, and even democracy itself—have somehow managed to power its decline into dysfunction. They have isolated our best and brightest, whose positions at the top have never been more secure or more remote.

The result has been an erosion of responsibility and accountability, an epidemic of shortsightedness, an increasingly hollow economic and political center, and millions of Americans gripped by apathy and hopelessness. By examining the people and forces behind the rise of big-money lobbying, legal and financial engineering, the demise of private-sector unions, and a hamstrung bureaucracy, Brill answers the question on everyone’s mind: How did we end up this way? Finally, he introduces us to those working quietly and effectively to repair the damages. At once a diagnosis of our national ills, a history of their development, and a prescription for a brighter future, Tailspin is a work of riveting journalism—and a welcome antidote to political despair.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780525432012
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/02/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 166,818
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

STEVEN BRILL has written for The New Yorker, Time, The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, New York, and Fortune. He founded and ran Court TV, The American Lawyer magazine, ten regional legal newspapers, and Brill's Content magazine. Brill was the author of Time's March 4, 2013, special report "Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us," for which he won the 2014 National Magazine Award for Public Interest, and the 2015 bestseller America's Bitter Pill. He has regularly appeared as an expert analyst on NBC, CBS, and CNN. He teaches journalism at Yale, where he founded the Yale Journalism Initiative to enable talented young people to become journalists. In 2018, he cofounded NewsGuard, which rates the legitimacy of online news sites. He lives in New York City.

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Chapter 1: The Protected and the Unprotected
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Table of Contents

1 The Protected and the Unprotected 3

2 Meritocracy Becomes the New Aristocracy 17

3 Casino Country 47

4 The Greening of the First Amendment 90

5 Making Markets Efficient-and Marginalizing Those Left Behind 133

6 "Lip Service" for America's Workers 148

7 Dysfunctional Democracy 169

8 Moat Nation 197

9 Why Nothing Works 257

10 Broken 290

11 Protecting the Most Unprotected 313

12 Storming the Moats 330

Acknowledgments 343

A Note on Methodology and Sources 347

Notes 349

Index 417

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