We are pleased to be on hand as the The Skokie Public Library presents "flamethrower by temperament" Anand Giridharadas in conversation with Robin Linn for a discussion of corporate philanthropy and what's needed to make our world a better place. A reception and book signing will follow the conversation, with books available for purchase from The Book Stall. This event is made possible by a donation from Diana C. and Harry H. Hunter. It's free, but registration is required.
Anand Giridharadas is the author of the New York Times best seller Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World, The True American (soon to be a feature film), and India Calling. He is an editor-at-large for TIME, was a foreign correspondent and columnist for The New York Times from 2005 to 2016, and has also written for The Atlantic, The New Yorker, and The New Republic. He is a former McKinsey analyst, an Aspen Institute fellow, a visiting scholar at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University, an on-air political analyst for MSNBC, and has spoken on the main stage of TED. He appears regularly on TV and radio in the United States and globally, including on CNN, MSNBC, NPR, Morning Joe, and The Daily Show. 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, New York.
Robin Linn is a freelance producer, editor, and writer. You can find her work at PRX, KCRW, Earwolf, Illinois Public Media, Chicago Magazine, and more. She also served as a producer for NPR's Wait Wait Don't Tell Me and as the senior producer for WBEZ's Sound Opinions. A graduate of Colgate University, Robin is a native of Evanston.
About the book:
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. They rebrand themselves as saviors of the poor; they lavishly reward "thought leaders" who redefine "change" in ways that preserve the status quo; and they constantly seek to do more good, but never less harm.
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? His groundbreaking investigation has already forced a great, sorely needed reckoning among the world's wealthiest and those they hover above, and it 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--a call to action for elites and everyday citizens alike.
"A splendid polemic . . . Giridharadas writes brilliantly on the parasitic philanthropy industry." --The Economist
"Impassioned . . . That Giridharadas questions an idea that has become part of the air we breathe is alone worth the price of the book, and his delicious skewering of the many who exalt their own goodness while making money from dubious business practices makes for entertaining reading." --Bethany McLean, The Washington Post
"The past years have seen some outstanding books on how philanthropists and their dollars have shaped public policy . . . [Anand Giridharadas] zeros in on what he sees as a glaring hypocrisy among affluent elites: that while many well-meaning (and well-off) Americans claim to want to improve society's inequalities, they don't challenge the structures that preserve that inequality, not wanting to jeopardize their own privileged positions." --Jessica Smith, NPR, "Best Books of 2018"
The New York Times bestselling, groundbreaking investigation of how the global elite's efforts to "change the world" preserve the status quo and obscure their role in causing the problems they later seek to solve. An essential read for understanding some of the egregious abuses of power that dominate today’s news.