Winners Take All by Anand Giridharadas

Winners Take All

An insider's 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.Former New York Times columnist 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. We ...

Details Winners Take All

TitleWinners Take All
Release DateAug 28th, 2018
PublisherKnopf Publishing Group
GenreNonfiction, Politics, Economics, Business, Cultural

Reviews Winners Take All

  • Mehrsa
    This is an excellent book and a must-read! It's also totally readable and even quite funny at times. And it's the kind of book that you keep bringing up in conversation and then trailing off and saying---you just really have to read this book. The oversimplified thesis is that you can't use the master's tools to break down his house. I hope this book is widely read and circulated.
  • Nils
    Philanthropy exists mainly to enable the super-rich and super-powerful to defer any serious discussion of a serious reordering of power and wealth, argues Giridharadas. Through a series of vignettes both of the super-rich and super-powerful themselves, who prove themselves unable to conceive that righting the world’s wrongs might require that they cede some of the their privileges, and their servants in the philanthropic world, who realize quea...
  • Linh
    As someone who has dithered on the edges of "elites changing the world", much of this brings true and I believe (and grapple) with the tension between the sometimes necessary power/influence/fortune needed as we strive for justice and equity. An article that I always refer back to is Noam Chomsky's dissection of justice vs power. That and thoughts about how social movements and protest no matter how "ineffectual" will always be more powerful leve...
  • John Spiller
    "Winners Take All" is an important and timely book. Giridharadas examines the fundamental limitations and contradictions of those who work for social change from a position of wealth and prestige. His central theme is "the master's tools will never dismantle the master's house," that is, the solutions proffered by the global elite will never address the conditions that created the problems. He explains how this mindset, which he dubs "MarketWorld...
  • Paula Lyle
    "Inspire the rich to do more good, but never, ever tell them to do less harm; inspire them to give back, but never, ever tell them to take less; inspire them to join the solution, but never, ever accuse them of being part of the problem."I say, sometimes, "How do those people sleep at night?" Now I know. They do so much to help already, how can they possibly be asked to pay taxes, too.This is an important book and should be read by every citizen....
  • Rahul Adusumilli
    The Beatles carrying all the criticisms contained in this book: "She's so heavy!" Bill Gates contributing a quote for this book is one of the most ironic things.I wondered how a person so critical of the institutions was given access to the said institutions, and he revealed he himself was an insider and a benefiter of the system. The book's central refrain: How can you expect the people benefiting from the system to change the system? These phil...
  • Kate
    If I were going to give all of you a book for Christmas, this would be it. Giridharadas has an insider’s (and skeptic’s) view of globalists, people in what he calls MarketWorld, neoliberalists, an elite who really think the best way to solve social problems is for them to start their own nonprofits. There were so many pages I wanted to transcribe, so many times I wanted to shake his hand, or text everyone I knew saying “See? I’m not the o...
  • Michael Tackett
    I found this a very enjoying read that really helped me coalesce some recent thoughts I've had recently on the subject. I first heard about the book on the Ezra Klein podcast (I would recommend listening to it as well to get Ezra's questions) and decided it was worth a try. It was.The basic focus of the book is that cultural elites are claiming to want to change the world, but really are treating the symptoms and not the root causes, which are of...
  • Dana
    I think this book is too close to my current research for me to get much out of it - if it already seems obvious to you that elite driven, pro-market type initiatives don't do much for the common good than this book might not offer much. And I found the last section on Trump grating - any author who attributes Trump's popularity only to anti-globalization without any mention of racism misses a crucial element of American politics. That said glad ...
  • Steve Turtell
    It's hard to argue with any of the blatantly obvious points Giridharadas makes, but in chapter after chapter his targets prove themselves immune to the criticism. The whole book is a collective portrait of a class well-described by Tolstoy in one of the book's epigraphs:“I sit on a man’s back choking him and making him carry me, and yet assure myself and others that I am sorry for him and wish to lighten his load by all means possible… Exce...
  • Greg
    We live in a world where every SV exec and company, even ones laughably so (Coca-Cola? Facebook?) claim to be changing the world for the better, doing good and are involved in charitable donations. With so much charity and well-meaning, why hasn't the average American seen an income change for three decades? It's something that most seem to be acutely aware of even if they haven't spent enough time to properly articulate the critique.Giridharadas...
  • Jinie Choi
    Challenged every view I've held of tech philanthropists, and corporate philanthropy. As a believer in profit and private companies accelerating innovations to help these causes, it made me revisit foundations of my beliefs and confront my biases.
  • Stevo Brock
    This book was Stevo's Business Book of the Week for the week of 9/2, as selected by Stevo's Book Reviews on the Internet:
  • Raghu
    Philanthropy has been much in the news for decades now. In the past thirty years, there has been an explosion of chraitable giving in the US alone, rising from $25 billion in 1973 to $335 billion in 2013. Americans are a generous lot. Statistics show that 95.4% of US households gave to charity in 2013, amounting to $241 billion. The remainder came from corporate giving and other foundations. Naturally, with so much money on offer, myriad number o...
  • Meredith
    I ADORED this book. It was not without its flaws, including being super biased, one sided and judgmental, but I LOVED it. I’ve been a total MarketWorlder, assuming business was the best vehicle for making change and business school was the most effective way to learn now. And this book helped me see an alternate way. Which released over a decade of cognitive dissonance I didn’t fully realize I was wrestling with. I don’t have all the answer...
  • Cgallozzi
    ...Rich relations giveA crust of Bread and SuchYou can help yourselfBut don't take too muchMama may have, Papa may haveBut God Bless the Child that's got his ownThat's got his ownFrom the Seond Verse"God Bless the Child"Billie Holidy and Arthur Herzog, Jr.1939An important if repetitive book about Philanthropy generated by Global Winners which ostensibly helps people but also sometimes aids the corporations from which the funds were generated. Doi...
  • Bilal Baydoun
    “If anyone truly believes that the same ski-town conferences and fellowship programs, the same politicians and policies, the same entrepreneurs and social businesses, the same campaign donors, the same thought leaders, the same consulting firms and protocols, the same philanthropists and reformed Goldman Sachs executives, the same win-wins and doing-well-by-doing-good initiatives and private solutions to public problems that had promised grandl...
  • Katie P..
    This book puts words to questions and ideas I have been wrestling with for a long time, having worked in the startup world, where people routinely pay lip service to "changing the world" while looking for tax and legal loopholes, ways to hire fewer people and pay the people they do hire less money, and all kinds of other things that I would assume would make your brain explode from cognitive dissonance. If you consider yourself "elite" or even "e...
  • Brad
    Absolutely essential reading concerning our democracy and the seismic change in how global elites are pushing for societal problems get solved. It's all about market-driven solutions. Giridharadas dives deeply into the world of elite philanthropists and thought leaders and their 'win-win' solutions to solving global problems. The deeper Giridharadas goes, the more we see the wealthiest among us and the thought leaders that articulate solutions re...
  • Ietrio
    Apparently once the beggar is better off, he wants to emulate. But old habits die hard. So our beggar wants to organize like the big boys, but like in his childhood, the big boys have to chip in for his plans. Amusing till you notice the mob with pitchforks and crosses.
  • Paul
    The clarity of it is, in MW jargonese, it’s greatest asset.
  • Vivek
    Brutally honest -- crystallizes what every yuppie professional (i.e., me) knows deep down about their (i.e., my) "efforts" to "do good."
  • Sara
    Game changer! Read this book and join the revolution.
  • Hilary Martin
    Mandatory reading.
  • Stephanie
    For me, this was a "Stop everything and read this" that did not disappoint.