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Evil Geniuses

The Unmaking of America - A Recent History

Kurt Andersen



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Ebury Press
13 October 2020
A deep dive into how big business took over American politics, from the critically acclaimed author of Fantasyland NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER How an elite cabal rewrote the American dream for their gain - and left the rest of the world behind.

'Elegantly written, full of insight' - Justin Webb 'Absorbing, infuriating, full-of-facts-you-didn't-know, saxophonely written' - Anand Giridharadas 'Kurt Andersen at his riveting best' - Matthew D'Ancona Evil Geniuses is the secret history of how, over the last half century, America has sharply swerved away from its dream of progress for the many to a system of unfettered profit and self-interest for the few.

As the social liberation of the 1960s finally ended in the chaos of Vietnam and Watergate, a faction of rich industrialists, business chiefs, wide-eyed libertarians and right-wing economic radicals were waiting, determined to claw back everything they saw as rightfully theirs. Reaching back into the dangerous powers of nostalgia, they emulated the unchecked robber barons of the past - veiling their actions as a return to the good old days, and winning over the people in the name of traditional American values.

In this hugely entertaining and deeply researched cultural and economic expose, New York Times bestselling author Kurt Andersen maps the rich history of intricate networks, unlikely connections and dark truths which are controlling a nation, revealing how on earth America got to where it is now - and what it might do to win its progressive future back.
By:   Kurt Andersen
Imprint:   Ebury Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 241mm,  Width: 163mm,  Spine: 42mm
Weight:   696g
ISBN:   9781529108088
ISBN 10:   152910808X
Pages:   464
Publication Date:   13 October 2020
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  General/trade ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

New York Times bestselling author Kurt Andersen is host and co-creator of Studio 360, the Peabody Award-winning public radio show and podcast. He co-founded Spy magazine, served as editor-in-chief of New York Magazine, and was a cultural columnist and critic for Time and the New Yorker and contributes to Vanity Fair and the New York Times. Read more about him at his website- http-//

Reviews for Evil Geniuses: The Unmaking of America - A Recent History

This is the one book everyone must read. . . With lucid writing and head-snapping insights, Kurt Andersen explores how the right and big business, with unabashed greed, deliberately reengineered our economy. To fix that will require understanding the roots of the problem. . . A triumph. * Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs and Leonardo da Vinci * Elegantly written, full of insight, and ultimately optimistic, Evil Geniuses challenges America to do better, to be better. A wry look at what went wrong and sober thinking about what needs to happen now. If you want to know why America is where it is and how it can change, this is your book. * Justin Webb, presenter of BBC Radio 4's Today Programme * Evil Geniuses is Kurt Andersen at his riveting best - a genuinely original exploration of the forces that have shaped today's economy and society, and what can be done to repair the damage. A route map out of the strange season of pandemic. * Matthew D'Ancona, editor and partner of Tortoise Media and author of Post-Truth * Nostalgia is the antithesis of history. Anderson brilliantly exposes how nostalgia - the strategic oversimplification of our past - has erased complexity and friction from our country's narrative to serve a single goal: to preserve the status quo for the benefit of those in power. As such, Evil Geniuses documents how history and nostalgia are engaged in a hand to hand combat that may determine our future. * Ken Burns, director of The Civil War and The Roosevelts: An Intimate History * Essential, absorbing, infuriating, full-of-facts-you-didn't-know, saxophonely written. This is one of those situations where the book is better than the review, so you should read it... a radicalized moderate's moderate case for radical change. * Anand Giridharadas, The New York Times Book Review *

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