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Twilight of the elites : America after meritocracy / Christopher Hayes.

By: Hayes, Christopher, 1979-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Crown Publishers, c2012Edition: 1st ed.Description: 292 p. ; 25 cm.ISBN: 9780307720450; 0307720454; 9780307720474 (ebk.); 0307720470 (ebk.).Subject(s): Elite (Social sciences) -- United States | Business and politics -- United States | Corporate power -- United States | Power (Social sciences) | United States -- Politics and government -- 21st century | United States -- Economic conditions -- 21st century | United States -- Social conditions -- 21st centuryDDC classification: 305.5/20973
Contents:
The naked emperors -- Meritocracy and its discontents -- Moral hazards -- Who knows? -- Winners -- Out of touch -- Reformation.
Summary: Analyzes scandals in high-profile institutions, from Wall Street and the Catholic Church to Major League Baseball, while evaluating how an elite American meritocracy rose throughout the past half-century before succumbing to corruption and failure.
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Book University of Texas At Tyler
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HN 90 .E4 H39 2012 (Browse shelf) Available 0000002146256

Includes bibliographical references (p. 277-279) and index.

The naked emperors -- Meritocracy and its discontents -- Moral hazards -- Who knows? -- Winners -- Out of touch -- Reformation.

Analyzes scandals in high-profile institutions, from Wall Street and the Catholic Church to Major League Baseball, while evaluating how an elite American meritocracy rose throughout the past half-century before succumbing to corruption and failure.

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Library Journal Review

Hayes (editor at large, The Nation), host of MSNBC's Up w/ Chris Hayes, here presents a valuable analysis of what is wrong with the United States. In a well-researched and well-written presentation, he argues convincingly that the nation's elite have botched just about everything. But more importantly, Hayes makes a solid case that the existing social order, a meritocracy geared to reward the best and the brightest, is doomed to failure. Yet after Hayes makes these important arguments, his solutions fall short. He calls for taxing the rich and for a vast redistribution of wealth to create not only equality of opportunity in the United States, but "equality of outcomes." He ignores the realities of the deeply divided American political landscape and pins his hopes on the radicalization of the upper middle class, with their ire directed at the wealthiest. VERDICT This is more wishful thinking on the part of the author than a valuable roadmap to show the way for the country to solve its problems, but it will appeal to social theorists and political news junkies, particularly those on the left of the political spectrum. Purchase accordingly. [See Prepub Alert, 12/16/11.]-Robert Bruce Slater, Stroudsburg, PA (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Christopher Hayes is Editor at Large of  The Nation  and host of  Up w/ Chris Hayes  on MSNBC.  From 2010 to 2011, he was a fellow at Harvard University's Edmond J Safra Foundation Center for Ethics.  His essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in  The New York Times Magazine ,  Time ,  The American Prospect ,  The New Republic , The Washington Monthly , and  The Guardian.  He lives in Brooklyn with his wife Kate and daughter Ryan.

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