The War on Normal People by Andrew Yang

The War on Normal People

From entrepreneur Andrew Yang, the founder of Venture for America, an eye-opening look at how new technologies are erasing millions of jobs before our eyes-and a rallying cry for the urgent steps America must take, including Universal Basic Income, to stabilize our economy. The shift toward automation is about to create a tsunami of unemployment. Not in the distant future--now. One recent estimate predicts 45 million American workers will lose th...

Details The War on Normal People

TitleThe War on Normal People
Release DateApr 3rd, 2018
PublisherHachette Books
GenreNonfiction, Economics, Politics, Business, Science, Technology

Reviews The War on Normal People

  • Mrs. Europaea
    Move over Great Pacific Garbage Patch, Mama has a new issue to plague her sleepless nights.In The War on Normal People, Yang, outlines the upcoming employment crisis to hit the United States. With increasing measures by businesses and organizations to make all things automated for reasons of "productivity and efficiency", he lists the industries most in jeopardy due to technological advancements. Industries include but are not limited to: Office ...
  • Muhan
    When Donald Trump was elected President in 2016, I was living in Miami, FL. At the time, I had lived through three cycles of boom and bust in the United States. The great recession, in particular, sparked my interest in economics and its impact on society. At the time, learning about subprime mortgages, securitization, foreclosures, and interest rates engrossed me in a profound but technical manner. As the Big Short summarized so succinctly, how ...
  • Donna Hines
    Americans are becoming more angered, more frustrated, even more depressed and despondent in this Dog Eat Dog world we currently reside in as they struggle for basics to simply survive.Jobs are being replaced by automation, innovation, technology as the new norm. What happened to benefits for all workers, affordable healthcare and childcare, availability of full time work with paid family leave, equal pay, living wages, seniority, and hiring based...
  • Diane Pagen
    I read The War On Normal People. I recommend it to everyone, which makes it a different kind of book. Even though I love, say, detective novels, and biographies, I won't recommend them to every kind of person. The War On Normal People stands out to me as being able to improve the lives of every person.Andrew Yang isn't screwing around, telling us that we need to ponder the problem of automation, so that in a few years we can maybe do something. P...
  • Andrew Frawley
    It’s hard to be in the year 2018 and not hear about the endless studies alarming the general public about coming labor automation. But what Yang provides in this book is two key things: automation has already been ravaging the country which has led to the great political polarization of today, and second, an actual vision into what happens when people lose jobs, and it definitely is a lightning strike of “oh shit.”I found this book relative...
  • Fiona Aboud
    I found this amazing book to be incredibly powerful. The effect of reading Yang's book is literally like waking up and seeing the world in a new way. It's so easy to think of automation as someone else's issue, or a decades-away problem, but the book decidedly convinces the reader that we're already far, far in the middle of revolutionary changes that are manifesting themselves today for millions of people. The book is inspiring in the way it ins...
  • Daniel Arnstein
    Human Capitalism is an excellent economic system that should be institutionalized within America. Yes, radicalizing an entire economic system seems crazy at first; but once you wrap your head around how basic it could be to implement & how effective it could be for 350,000,000 people, it feels like the only way forward. Human Capitalism builds a system for what America should look like in the 22nd century and beyond. In a world where globalism an...
  • Zach
    I literally jumped out of my bed in excitement halfway through reading this book.Andrew Yang completely nails what has caused many of the problems in the US. His simple description of the human effects from automation, and his major policy recommendations to fix them are both a strong reality check and extremely inspirational.Whether you're Republican or Democrat, Andrew clearly proves that automation is real and having a negative effect on our s...
  • Aaron
    First and foremost, before I get into anything, I fully recommend this book. I'm giving it a perfect score...... But if I could I'd give it a higher score.Get it from the library, Amazon, or borrow it from a friend. Read it asap, it's easily one of the best books of the year. I hope it catches fire before 2020 (more on that at the end of the review).I have been on board the Basic Minimum Income train for a long time (ever since I read "Saving Cap...
  • Lisa
    I was absolutely shocked by this book and can't stop talking about it. The author gives a background of the largest income sectors in the US, all of which have lost or will lose jobs to automation, including retail and trucking, and the impact this will have on income inequality, families, and the future economy - and he has a plan for how to ameliorate the situation.I'll do pretty much anything to avoid going to a mall (I bought this book from T...
  • Selim Tlili
    Andrew Yang is a gifted writer who explains his ideas with incredible clarity and a palpable sense of urgency. His well reasoned arguments in favor of Universal Basic Income have convinced the skeptic in me that it would provide a lot of net positive results to the country and the world as a whole.Andrews fundamental argument, that technology will reduce our workload and cause the economy to shed a lot of jobs, makes sense with a caveat.I tend to...
  • Otto Lehto
    Andrew Yang paints a bleak picture of the future. If it were painted by a child, it would take him to a psychiatrist's office. But the author is no child, and no psychiatrist could conceivably deliver us from the menace of technological and sociological change.The book is a powerfully personal plea by a successful entrepreneur for a "human capitalism" to alleviate the social decay and psychological disruption caused by the creative destruction of...
  • Ailith Twinning
    There's a stark patronizing tone to this book that bugs me. It would have been a lot less evident if the author hadn't begun with "Your sort probably aren't reading this book." Well, thanks for that man. Yeah, yeah, statistics, I know - but there is such a thing as tact and it matters. Apart from that tho, it really feels like a book about someone trying hard to understand what poverty even is, and missing it because a few core issues are in his ...
  • Ben Neidl
    Mostly this is about job displacement in the mid and low skill labor force brought on by artificial intelligence. The author predicts major job losses over the next 10 years, with most of the casualties being men in transportation (truck driving) and similar blue collar positions who, the book posits, will either default into right wing extremism or just surrender fully to the increasingly seductive escapism of hyper-stimulating video games (whic...
  • Katie Bloom
    Normal Americans can sense that the economic systems in the US are rigged against them, but they can't always see the gears at work. The War on Normal People is a thorough, cogent, data-driven explanation of the state of our nation and exactly how things have gone so wrong. In sum, the average American is suffering from a lack of meaningful opportunity, a lack of money, and a lack of hope—and things are about to get infinitely, catastrophically...
  • La'Tonya Rease Miles
    If this book were an emoji, it would be an eyeroll. If it were a rapper, it would be Kanye West. If it were a freshman composition paper, I would give it a B-/C+. The argument itself is pretty solid but presented in a Chicken Little way, i.e., the economy is failing and robots are taking over. But HOW we get there, including the examples and evidence, is suspect. To build his case, Yang relies upon what we Old Timers refer to as ethos or personal...
  • Wayne's
    This is a really insightful book, it is a really great take on what is happening politically and economically in America and by extension in many other places including Australia. What I like is the very positive approach that does not just look at problems but suggests productive and constructive ways that we a s a society might address those problems.For all my friends who are sceptical about Universal Basic Income this book suggests how it mig...
  • V.O. Diedlaff
    This book gets off to a good start describing the crisis that AI and robotics will cause. Wang builds his case skillfully. However, I find the solutions in his final section are unsatisfying. Wang recommends a $12,000 yearly UBI. With such a low amount, people will try supplementing their incomes with other work gigs. The problem Wang fails to address is just what those other gigs will be. In my own book, “We Can Fix It,” I attempted to make ...
  • Amanda
    I find myself optimistically cautious about our fast approaching automated future. It’s going to take a seismic shift in understanding and consciousness to adapt to what’s coming down the pike. It’s going to be a tsunami and our Governments are no where near prepared. Andrew Yang gives me hope again for a better future. His book is both alarming and encouraging. If our societies could actually evolve instead of acting like spoilt children w...
  • Billy Schrero
    Reading this book does not require any great leaps of the imagination – Andrew simply lays out truths most of us can agree with, but when looking at these truths side by side and with the context of how it is affecting so many in our country the picture is frighteningly closer than I previously considered.There is hope between the lines of despair, but The War On Normal People helps acknowledge difficult realities that we can no longer be accep...
  • Nick Rimsa
    When it comes to automation, Andrew clearly and thoughtfully paints the current state of affairs. Spoiler: the picture is bleak. Not only does he present how automation will impact the domestic and global economy (and more importantly the individuals who makeup this interconnected ecosystem), but he presents logical, feasible, and well-intentioned proposals to combat the threat of automation. If only our politicians would listen.
  • James Meyer
    I simply cannot recommend this book highly enough. Yang is a prime example of the vision drawn from knowledge and experience that the next generation of leaders has to offer. His insights on the current economic, technological, educational, and political situation we find ourselves in are research based and soberly explained. He thinks big and holds few illusions about the challenges ahead for us. I’d follow him.
  • Teri Leigh Baird
    This is a book that every American should read. It is enlightening and fact based about our society and economy. It gives some solid, clearly reasoned solutions that we can work toward for our future.
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  • Katie
    Terrifying, fascinating, brilliant. He’s got my vote.
  • Tough Little Sister
    Wake up America! The future is bleak. Got your attention? Good. Read this book.
  • Neil Sarver
    I was really with this book until the final third, when it didn't take a nose dive, but it settled rather than lived up to what it had been.Now, I've been reading a number of these books on dealing with the future and the choices we have a lot this year, and this is easily the most compelling on a number of levels. Raising the Floor: How a Universal Basic Income Can Renew Our Economy and Rebuild the American Dream was also very compelling, and is...