Billionaires: Reflections on the Upper Crust


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Brookings Institution Press
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5.47 X 0.69 X 8.75 inches | 0.86 pounds

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About the Author

Darrell M. West is the vice president of Governance Studies and the director of the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings. He is the author of 19 books on American politics and the recipient of several book awards.


2014 IndieFab Book of the Year Award Winner Silver, Political Science

F. Scott Fitzgerald taught us that the very rich are different from the rest of us. Now Darrell West has taken us on a thoughtful romp through the world of our new billionaire class. He couples a moral concern for the cost of rising inequality with a scholar's commitment to telling the story straight. This is both an important book and a good read.
--E.J. Dionne, Georgetown University

Are the super-wealthy different from you and me?" asks Darrell West. Different or not, they are shaping our world, sometimes for the better (when they invent new things), but often for the worse, when they undermine democracy, use government to enrich themselves, and create a culture of social separatism and uber-success. Unless you are indifferent to this new world, you should read West's book.
--Branko Milanovic, author of The Haves and the Have-Nots: A Brief and
Idiosyncratic History of Global Inequality

As a free-market conservative who hopes to see more money invested in politics, not less, I disagree with many of Darrell West's attitudes and arguments. Billionaires, is nonetheless a fresh, thought-provoking, clear-eyed view of a bitterly controversial subject, demonstrating that the prominent participation of plutocrats in politics is a worldwide, and not just American, phenomenon. Even those who reject West's conclusions will enjoy the crisp, readable, and passionately personal style he deploys to make his points.
--Michael Medved, nationally syndicated talk radio host

The saddest sight in American politics is a U.S. Senator begging a billionaire for his crumbs.
--Chris Matthews, MSNBC's Hardball

With a riveting mix of facts and stories, Darrell West tells us who these new plutocrats are, what they think about politics, and how they maneuver to get what they want. . . . Billionaires is a must-read for all who care about the future of democracy.
--Theda Skocpol, Harvard University