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

  • Todd N
    Aug 14, 2018
    So about the time that I was born America started going into a ?tailspin.? Causation or correlation? Who knows? This book picks up on some of the threads discussed in Coming Apart (Charles Murray) and Our Kids (Robert Putnam) and follows the meritocratic elite as they make Ameri...
  • 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 ...
  • Robin
    Aug 17, 2018
    Last chapter aside, this is an excellent book. Brill is a very good writer and presented his arguments clearly and in a well-organized manner. I learned a lot and feel that I'm in a better place to have intelligent conversations about the state of the country. I was HUGELY disappoi...
  • Barbara
    Aug 17, 2018
    Eye opening. The tailspinning of America has taken place over the last 50 years. I feel like the frog in tepid water that is gradually heated and is being boiled alive without realizing it. So much I didn?t know or connect together. This is not an easy read. It is full of stories ...
  • Margaret
    Jul 24, 2018
    To say a book is ?essential? is such a cliche, that I must find another way to say it! I have read many wonderful books recently about our nation?s current predicament, but this is certainly the most complete and informative. Seemingly intractable problems are explained in term...
  • Chris
    Sep 16, 2018
    Brill thoroughly explains how we got to our present state of un-exceptionalism. It will depress you. It will anger you. And it?s not so much about Trump either. It all started around the time I graduated from high school in the mid 70?s. Blame Vietnam, Watergate, whatever. A per...
  • Margaret D'Anieri
    Sep 03, 2018
    The title of this book could be ?We?re screwed?. He does an uber-comprehensive study of all of the reasons our democracy is anything but, and although he names those fighting against the tide (what he calls ?storming the moats? of moneyed privilege - of which I am mostl a ben...
  • 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...
  • Scott Lee
    Aug 08, 2018
    Brill presents a compelling, balanced and thoroughly documented account of how,beginning with the best of intentions, we've arrived in the place where we are with a broken economy that works primarily to enrich the few through financial gimmicks;in a state of polarization where the sol...
  • Amie
    Aug 31, 2018
    I cannot say enough good about this book. I was completely shocked by its breadth, depth, and historical informativeness. It's hard to categorize this. Yes, it makes an argument that can be seen as political; or economic; or legal. And yet it is all three and no single one. The fundame...
  • Ann
    Aug 17, 2018
    The growing inequality between wealthy Americans and all the rest has been remarked on for several years now. Steven Brill in TAILSPIN tackles the many factors he believes have contributed to American democracy?s disastrous dive. He begins with what should have been a good idea: r...
  • 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...
  • Justin Powell
    Sep 02, 2018
    The conclusion really brings this book home - things are going to get worse before they get better. In fact, they will have to get worse and either hit rock bottom, or get close before Americans storm the moats. Trump, in theory, should be the bringer of the end of an era. Am I as opti...
  • Elizabeth Stolar
    Jul 21, 2018
    A very high 4 stars -- an excellent book that I do recommend everyone read. I didn't quite give it 5 stars because there were a few things that were included that I didn't necessarily think were as responsible for our downward spiral as some others (like cost overruns and the procureme...
  • Dan Downing
    Aug 18, 2018
    Unlike many 'what is wrong' books, Mr. Brill infused his with suggested solutions, with the names of people and organizations who have potential solutions, and with an attempt at an upbeat ending. What this reader found was one of the most difficult books I have ever read. Not that ...
  • 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...
  • Catherine
    Aug 19, 2018
    In the vein of "Dark Money," Steven Brill has written a cogent, detailed, persuasive account of what precipitated America's fifty-year tailspin into the maelstrom of gridlock, inefficiency, ineptitude, and moral degradation. Powered by the over-achieving meritocracy that came of age in...
  • 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...
  • Curt Matzenbacher
    Aug 26, 2018
    As you might expect, this book with lots of examples of policy and legal cases is pretty dense, but Brill does a great job of doing this in a readable narrative format where possible. I also appreciated that he did not try to scapegoat certain subgroups, but pointed to the more systemi...
  • John_g
    Aug 31, 2018
    This long, dense and important look at bureacracy is difficult to read. Kindle separates the illustrations from text, so it was helpful to read the illustrations section as a summary of the activists listed in the text, before diving into detail at selected chapters. It recalls argumen...
  • Dave
    Aug 10, 2018
    This is a top-flight book by top-flight journalist Steven Brill and all Americans should spend the time to read this BEFORE the next election cycle! The top 6 or 8 reviews on Goodreads will inform you in detail about the book's contents, so I won't repeat that here. In a nutshell ou...
  • 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.?...
  • Theresa
    Sep 17, 2018
    Brill, a journalist with impressive financial and legal credentials, has a written an analysis of why America is broken today. Starting with Nixon's presidency, Brill uses his writing and data analysis skills to detail the dynamics of meritocracy, financial engineering, political money...
  • 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...
  • Francine
    Jul 17, 2018
    This book is an easy read for the average American to understand the various topics of how the 1% have come to build moats around their wealth keeping the the rest of America from gaining any kind of advantage in a tilted playing field. It's a must read for persons asking how we can ge...
  • 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...