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

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Brill methodically chronicles the deterioration of US infrastructure, the outsized influence of money on politics and growing inequality. But he pulls his punches when it comes to laying out the social divide. Citing JD Vance doesn’t get him off the hook.
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From the award-winning journalist and best-selling author of America's Bitter Pill: a tour de force examination of 1) how and why major American institutions no longer serve us as they should, causing a deep rift between the vulnerable majority and the protected few, and 2) how some individuals and organizations are laying the foundation for real, lasting change.

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.
 

About Steven Brill

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Steven Brill is the founder of Journalism Online, a company designed to create a new, viable business model for journalism to flourish online. He has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, and Time. Brill founded the Yale Journalism Initiative, which recruits and trains journalists. He founded and ran Court TV, The American Lawyer Magazine, and Brill’s Content Magazine. He is the author of After: How America Confronted the September 12th Era and The Teamsters.
 
Published May 29, 2018 by Knopf. 464 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences, History. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Lloyd Green on Jun 23 2018

Brill methodically chronicles the deterioration of US infrastructure, the outsized influence of money on politics and growing inequality. But he pulls his punches when it comes to laying out the social divide. Citing JD Vance doesn’t get him off the hook.

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