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

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 re From the award-winning journalist and best-selling author of America's Bitter Pill: a tour de force examination of 1)...

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Title:Tailspin: The People and Forces Behind America's Fifty-Year Fall–and Those Fighting to Reverse It
Author:Steven Brill
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:B077CR1JHV
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:464 pages pages

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

  • Bryan Alexander
    Jun 21, 2018
    Tailspin is journalist Steven Brill's attempt to determine what's recently gone wrong in America. His thesis centers on a cultural shift he sees that began around 1965. Starting then America divided into an elite and those he calls "the unprotected many". Since then the elite succe...
  • Mammal
    Jun 07, 2018
    I agree about the political unsustainability of current system of meritocracy. But I was hoping for more frank discussion. Because many if not most people, perhaps myself included, may just lack what it takes to succeed in the modern economy. If it takes an IQ of 115 or above to at ...
  • Heidi
    Jul 10, 2018
    Well written and thought out, but very depressing to know to what degree our country is out of our hands and in the hands of special interests. At the end he tries to suggest that things will get better once we (the people) figure this out, but will it ever happen? ...
  • Laura
    Jul 01, 2018
    Steven Brill does for American institutions in general what he did for medicine in his latest book, Tailspin. Brill argues that the one unintended consequences of the American push for a meritocracy-based economic and political system has been success -- such the the successful one per...
  • Aleksandar Totic
    Jul 09, 2018
    Chronicle of ways America is broken I was hoping for for more from Mr. Brill. Author describes 10? ways in which American society is broken. He knows the how did it break, and who did it, and describes this in detail. But I found myself longing for answers to bigger questions: w...
  • Juli Wekkin
    Jul 15, 2018
    Highly informative. A must read for anyone wanting to understand how we got to where we are in this country and a call to action. Unbiased and factual. ...
  • Victoria
    Jul 01, 2018
    points taken 1. to paraphrase Shakespeare: First we kill all the lawyers 2. beware of unintended consequences Brill suggests that the mess America is in now is because of Meritocracy, financial engineering, political money, due process, democratic reforms of the political process,...
  • Richard Nelson
    Jun 20, 2018
    If you feel like America has been on a steady downward trajectory your whole life (and if you don?t, you?re probably extremely wealthy and able to ignore a lot), this book explains why that is and what has to happen to change it. A depressing read; you can know in your gut that thi...
  • Ben
    Jul 09, 2018
    The subtitle of Tailspin promises a very comprehensive book, one that covers the causes of problems and their solutions. Brill comes up short of the promised comprehensive, critical analysis but produces a thoroughly researched book that has lots of detail about the ways in which Ameri...
  • Jack
    Jun 23, 2018
    Mistakes were made Brill provides a compelling accounting of how e followed our instinct in rewarding merit to result in a winner take all situation. The key culprits seem fo be the obsessive focus on making money through finance rather than productivity and the increasing relations...
  • Writemoves
    Jul 06, 2018
    I have been reading so many books and articles lately about the decline and fall of the United States that my mind shut down at reading any more depressing analysis. Looks like a decent book (I read about 50 pages) but just bad timing... ...
  • Anthony
    Jun 30, 2018
    Hard hitting investigative journalism, that reveals the meritocracy, financial engineering, political money, due process, polarization, democratic reforms of the political process, and how they contributed in their own way to the erosion of responsibility and accountability politics co...
  • Michael Perkins
    Jul 01, 2018
    Feeding the populist bonfire..... "Following the Great Recession, the recovery passed over most of America. Incomes for the top 1 percent rose 31.4 percent from 2009 to 2012, but crept up a barely noticeable .4 percent for the bottom 99 percent. The moats built by those who were lar...
  • Susan
    Jul 01, 2018
    As an aging baby boomer I spend time trying desperately to figure out how we got here. From my senior year in HS with Kent State and heading off to college believing women had equal rights and willing to push for more - how did we get here with Roe v Wade possibly being overturned? How...
  • Peter Mcloughlin
    Jun 02, 2018
    Although Brill starts talking about the virtues of the meritocracy he spends a great deal of time giving a fine-grained analysis of how they screwed over the country in the past four or five decades to the point where for most people we are not a viable republic while the elites of mer...
  • Don Heiman
    Jul 07, 2018
    The book ?Tailspin: The People and Forces Behind America?s Fifty-Year Fall ?and Those Fighting to Reverse It? was written by Steven Brill and published in 2018. Brill is an attorney, Yale instructor, and recognized journalist who is well versed on American social history from t...
  • Betsy Starks
    Jun 23, 2018
    Excellent and comprehensive study of the economy, trade, infrastructure, politics, government and culture in the U.S. causing the downfall of our society. Brill?s solutions are a little lame, it seems to me, but, as he states, if there were a real uprising of the people to demand cha...
  • Daniel Weiner
    Jul 07, 2018
    I was a little slower in completing this - partly because I lost the library book and had to buy a new copy, and then found the library copy. :/ and partly because it's dense reading. (it was not as easy reading for me as Bitter Pill). Much to think about! ...
  • Sam
    Jun 23, 2018
    I agree with many of the points Brill makes. His critiques of just how paralyzed and dysfunctional our civic institutions have become, make me shake my head in disbelief--yet, I realize the truth of what he's saying. As far as making a raw impact, though, his recent cover essay in T...
  • David Wineberg
    Apr 05, 2018
    Medieval moats updated For Steven Brill, ?America has increasingly become a Moat Nation, producing a parade of unfair advantages for those with the resources to deploy the knowledge workers to build and fortify their moats while contributing to the overall decline of the country.?...
  • George Ball
    Jun 05, 2018
    6/1/18 - Time Magazine ad looked interesting. ...
  • Gary Moreau
    May 31, 2018
    Brill?s is one of a gazillion recent books that addresses the question, what happened to America? That it?s broken, we all know, even if we don?t always admit it to ourselves. This book, however, really is different. Brill is one of the few authors who has the legal and financ...
  • Boone Bolinder
    Jun 21, 2018
    Mr Brill does a fantastic job explaining the problems inherent in our current system without demonizing those that are at the top. They are not evil, only trying to do what is best for themselves. Maybe a bit too anti republican at times, but generally seems unbiased and interested in ...
  • David Valentino
    Jun 26, 2018
    Why We?re in the Fix We Are If you?ve been paying attention for the past few years, what Steven Brill tells you in his often times infuriating new book Tailspin will not surprise you. There?s a tremendous and still expanding disparity between the haves and the have-nots. The h...
  • Bob
    Jul 02, 2018
    A great objective view of the mess we have created with the best of intentions I like Steven Brill books. A little heavy on detail at times but a fairly balanced account of a complex situation. I liked America?s Bitter Pill and this is the same insightful review of a huge situatio...
  • skip thurnauer
    Jun 20, 2018
    Why don't things work in America the way they should or the way they used to? I picked up Tailspin because I saw it referenced for stating the world's richest country has "the highest poverty rate among the 35 nations in the OECD except Mexico". WHAT! Fewer Americans are satisfied with...
  • Bari Dzomba
    Jun 05, 2018
    Excellent journalism and research. Brill doesn?t disappoint. I see this as a 4.5. Annoyed that the reading stats are off.... I was at 70% when the book finished. The rest were sources. ...
  • Cheryl Campbell
    Jun 24, 2018
    An overall outstanding book of the decline in the U.S. in opportunity, but the book - due to its attention to detail and organization of an incredible number of facts and citations - is a bit academic to read. It is an outstanding contribution to the literature, but is somewhat exhaust...
  • Snotnose
    Jun 24, 2018
    This is a book more people should read. We all know things aren't working for the majority of us, this book explains why, and how we got here. Want to know why it takes 80 pages for the army to specify a chocolate chip cookie? This book tells you why. ...
  • G. T.
    Jun 13, 2018
    Well thought out and documented (one third of the book is citations and references). This book does a very good job of mapping what has gone wrong with our U.S. cultural and political situation since WW II, then goes the extra step of suggesting how things might be fixed. The book shou...