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Thu, Sep 13, 2018

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Anand Giridharadas

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Anand Giridharadas

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Winners Take All:
The Elite Charade of Changing the World

in conversation with MICHAEL SANDEL

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This event includes a book signing

Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning writer and political analyst ANAND GIRIDHARADAS for a discussion of his latest book, Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World. He will be joined in conversation by acclaimed political philosopher MICHAEL SANDEL.

About Winners Take All

Former New York Times columnist Anand Giridharadas takes us into the inner sanctums of a new gilded age, where the rich and powerful fight for equality and justice any way they can—except ways that threaten the social order and their position atop it. We see how they rebrand themselves as saviors of the poor; how they lavishly reward “thought leaders” who redefine “change” in winner-friendly ways; and how they constantly seek to do more good, but never less harm. We hear the limousine confessions of a celebrated foundation boss; witness an American president hem and haw about his plutocratic benefactors, and attend a cruise-ship conference where entrepreneurs celebrate their own self-interested magnanimity.

Giridharadas asks hard questions: Why, for example, should our gravest problems be solved by the unelected upper crust instead of the public institutions it erodes by lobbying and dodging taxes? He also points toward an answer: Rather than rely on scraps from the winners, we must take on the grueling democratic work of building more robust, egalitarian institutions and truly changing the world.

Praise

“In Anand’s thought-provoking book his fresh perspective on solving complex societal problems is admirable. I appreciate his commitment and dedication to spreading social justice.” —Bill Gates

“An insightful and refreshing perspective on some of the most vexing issues this nation confronts. This is an important book from a gifted writer whose honest exploration of complex problems provides urgently needed clarity in an increasingly confusing era.” —Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy

“A trenchant, humane, and often revelatory investigation by one of the wisest nonfiction writers going.” —Katherine Boo, author of Behind the Beautiful Forevers


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Anand Giridharadas

Anand Giridharadas is the author of The True American and India Calling. He was a foreign correspondent and columnist for The New York Timesfrom 2005 to 2016, and has also written for The Atlantic, The New Republic, and The New Yorker. He is an Aspen Institute fellow, an on-air political analyst for MSNBC, and a former McKinsey analyst. He teaches journalism at New York University and has spoken on the main stage of TED. His writing has been honored by the Society of Publishers in Asia, the Poynter Fellowship at Yale, and the New York Public Library’s Helen Bernstein Award. He lives in Brooklyn.

Michael Sandel

Michael Sandel is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard University. His books explore some of the most hotly contested moral and political issues of our time. Sandel’s titles include What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets; Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?; The Case against Perfection: Ethics in the Age of Genetic Engineering; Public Philosophy: Essays on Morality in PoliticsDemocracy’s Discontent: America in Search of a Public Philosophy; and Liberalism and the Limits of Justice. His writings have been translated into 27 languages, and have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic, and The New York Times.

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