The War on Normal People: The Truth About America's Disappearing Jobs and Why Universal Basic Income Is Our Future

The War on Normal People: The Truth About America's Disappearing Jobs and Why Universal Basic Income Is Our Future

From entrepreneur Andrew Yang, the founder of Venture for America, an eye-opening look at how new technologies are erasing millions of jobs before our eyes-and a rallying cry for the urgent steps America must take, including Universal Basic Income, to stabilize our economy. The shift toward automation is about to create a tsunami of unemployment. Not in the distant future- From entrepreneur Andrew Yang, the founder of Venture for America, an eye-opening look at how new technologies are er...

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Title:The War on Normal People: The Truth About America's Disappearing Jobs and Why Universal Basic Income Is Our Future
Author:Andrew Yang
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0316414247
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:304 pages pages

The War on Normal People: The Truth About America's Disappearing Jobs and Why Universal Basic Income Is Our Future Reviews

  • Fiona Aboud
    Mar 13, 2018
    I found this amazing book to be incredibly powerful. The effect of reading Yang's book is literally like waking up and seeing the world in a new way. It's so easy to think of automation as someone else's issue, or a decades-away problem, but the book decidedly convinces the reader that...
  • Lisa
    Apr 30, 2018
    I was absolutely shocked by this book and can't stop talking about it. The author gives a background of the largest income sectors in the US, all of which have lost or will lose jobs to automation, including retail and trucking, and the impact this will have on income inequality, famil...
  • Muhan
    Mar 13, 2018
    When Donald Trump was elected President in 2016, I was living in Miami, FL. At the time, I had lived through three cycles of boom and bust in the United States. The great recession, in particular, sparked my interest in economics and its impact on society. At the time, learning abo...
  • Caren
    Jul 05, 2018
    I wanted to read this book after hearing the author being interviewed on a podcast: https://samharris.org/podcasts/130-un... I actually listened to some of it in an audio-book format, read by the author, and then finished up by reading a physical book. (The author's audio performance...
  • Otto Lehto
    Apr 22, 2018
    Andrew Yang paints a bleak picture of the future. If it were painted by a child, it would take him to a psychiatrist's office. But the author is no child, and no psychiatrist could conceivably deliver us from the menace of technological and sociological change. The book is a powerfu...
  • C.J. Shane
    Jun 19, 2018
    I?ll admit. When I first heard about the idea of Universal Basic Income (UBC), I cynically thought that the chance of that happening in this country was as likely as gun control being implemented. Zero chance. Then I read Andrew Yang?s book The War on Normal People. He makes a very...
  • Daniel
    Jun 28, 2018
    Yang is running for America presidency 2020. He is the founder of Venture For America which distributed talents into developing cities in America, to staunch the brain drain of smart people into the coastal cities. Yang described the future jobless scenario when most things would b...
  • Jamie
    Jul 05, 2018
    Andrew Yang describes with precision many of the social and economic woes plaguing society at present, painting a bleak, dismal, and all too plausible picture of how the near future may have some very tough times in store due to automation, AI, and the eternal quest of businesses to in...
  • Miles
    Jul 15, 2018
    Like many others, I discovered Andrew Yang by way of his excellent interview with Sam Harris last month. Yang, who is running for President in 2020, immediately struck me as honest, intelligent, well-informed, and profoundly reasonable??a heroic foil for the repugnant personalities...
  • Wayne's
    Apr 18, 2018
    This is a really insightful book, it is a really great take on what is happening politically and economically in America and by extension in many other places including Australia. What I like is the very positive approach that does not just look at problems but suggests productive and ...
  • La'Tonya Rease Miles
    May 15, 2018
    If this book were an emoji, it would be an eyeroll. If it were a rapper, it would be Kanye West. If it were a freshman composition paper, I would give it a B-/C+. The argument itself is pretty solid but presented in a Chicken Little way, i.e., the economy is failing and robots are taki...
  • Chris Carlson
    Jun 21, 2018
    This booked forced me to consider so many things in vastly different ways! On the surface, it is a well articulated counterpoint to free market capitalism in the light of growing automation. But it is also addresses the gift of privilege, the near inescapable weight of poverty and ...
  • Amanda
    May 20, 2018
    I find myself optimistically cautious about our fast approaching automated future. It?s going to take a seismic shift in understanding and consciousness to adapt to what?s coming down the pike. It?s going to be a tsunami and our Governments are no where near prepared. Andrew Yang...
  • Amanda
    Jun 21, 2018
    A great take on about how robots and artificial intelligence will drastically change jobs, including how many jobs are going to disappear for humans. It's something serious that we can't ignore and he argues that it's coming a lot sooner than we think. He urges that now is the time to ...
  • Selim Tlili
    Apr 29, 2018
    Andrew Yang is a gifted writer who explains his ideas with incredible clarity and a palpable sense of urgency. His well reasoned arguments in favor of Universal Basic Income have convinced the skeptic in me that it would provide a lot of net positive results to the country and the worl...
  • Ben Neidl
    May 18, 2018
    Mostly this is about job displacement in the mid and low skill labor force brought on by artificial intelligence. The author predicts major job losses over the next 10 years, with most of the casualties being men in transportation (truck driving) and similar blue collar positions who, ...
  • Jean Kelley
    Jul 16, 2018
    A must read for 2018! Even if you don't agree with his solution, Yang highlights some major problems that have plagued the US for decades. His book gives a great understanding of how America has gone from the wins of the Civil Rights movement into the xenophobic populism of Trump. The ...
  • Diane Pagen
    Mar 13, 2018
    I read The War On Normal People. I recommend it to everyone, which makes it a different kind of book. Even though I love, say, detective novels, and biographies, I won't recommend them to every kind of person. The War On Normal People stands out to me as being able to improve the lives...
  • Donna Hines
    Mar 11, 2018
    Americans are becoming more angered, more frustrated, even more depressed and despondent in this Dog Eat Dog world we currently reside in as they struggle for basics to simply survive. Jobs are being replaced by automation, innovation, technology as the new norm. What happened to be...
  • Monica Sheldon
    Jul 06, 2018
    A somewhat misleading title, this is actually a straight-forward description of our current economic disparity and increasing automation of both blue and white collar jobs along with the author's thoughts on related social issues and his presidential platform: the case for Universal Ba...
  • Mrs. Europaea
    Apr 17, 2018
    Move over Great Pacific Garbage Patch, Mama has a new issue to plague her sleepless nights. In The War on Normal People, Yang, outlines the upcoming employment crisis to hit the United States. With increasing measures by businesses and organizations to make all things automated for ...
  • Ailith Twinning
    Apr 17, 2018
    There's a stark patronizing tone to this book that bugs me. It would have been a lot less evident if the author hadn't begun with "Your sort probably aren't reading this book." Well, thanks for that man. Yeah, yeah, statistics, I know - but there is such a thing as tact and it matters....
  • Ling Chung
    Jul 06, 2018
    Very thought provoking book that touches on many social issues we face today. Worth a read just to expand the mind and to explore possible solutions to our world's social issues. I really like the idea of "humanistic capitalism", where humanity should trump profits even in a capitalist...
  • Andrew Frawley
    Mar 16, 2018
    It?s hard to be in the year 2018 and not hear about the endless studies alarming the general public about coming labor automation. But what Yang provides in this book is two key things: automation has already been ravaging the country which has led to the great political polarization...
  • Meow
    Jun 26, 2018
    This review is long overdue and I find myself often referring back to bits and pieces I?ve read. The War On Normal People is a frightening commentary of our American economy and how ever advancing technology has already and will continue to create an epic scale of unemployment. M...
  • Aaron
    May 21, 2018
    First and foremost, before I get into anything, I fully recommend this book. I'm giving it a perfect score...... But if I could I'd give it a higher score. Get it from the library, Amazon, or borrow it from a friend. Read it asap, it's easily one of the best books of the year. I hop...
  • Daniel Arnstein
    Mar 14, 2018
    Human Capitalism is an excellent economic system that should be institutionalized within America. Yes, radicalizing an entire economic system seems crazy at first; but once you wrap your head around how basic it could be to implement & how effective it could be for 350,000,000 peop...
  • Zach
    Mar 22, 2018
    I literally jumped out of my bed in excitement halfway through reading this book. Andrew Yang completely nails what has caused many of the problems in the US. His simple description of the human effects from automation, and his major policy recommendations to fix them are both a str...
  • V.O. Diedlaff
    May 18, 2018
    This book gets off to a good start describing the crisis that AI and robotics will cause. Wang builds his case skillfully. However, I find the solutions in his final section are unsatisfying. Wang recommends a $12,000 yearly UBI. With such a low amount, people will try supplementing th...
  • Katie Bloom
    Apr 17, 2018
    Normal Americans can sense that the economic systems in the US are rigged against them, but they can't always see the gears at work. The War on Normal People is a thorough, cogent, data-driven explanation of the state of our nation and exactly how things have gone so wrong. In sum, the...