The War on Normal People by Andrew Yang

The War on Normal People

From 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang, a captivating account of how "a skinny Asian kid from upstate" became a successful entrepreneur, only to find a new mission: calling attention to the urgent steps America must take, including Universal Basic Income, to stabilize our economy amid rapid technological change and automation. The shift toward automation is about to create a tsunami of unemployment. Not in the distant future--now...

Details The War on Normal People

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

Reviews The War on Normal People

  • Trevor
    Richard - someone I’ve known on here for about a decade (how time flies) - recommended this book to me - or rather, recommended a podcast ( where the author discusses this book. I ought to like podcasts more than I do - but I find them tedious and remarkably slow, and the main person behind them often comes across as annoyingly smug - if you listen to this podcast note when the interviewer first warns th...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Miles
    Like many others, I discovered Andrew Yang by way of his excellent interview with Sam Harris last month. Yang, who is running for President in 2020, immediately struck me as honest, intelligent, well-informed, and profoundly reasonable––a heroic foil for the repugnant personalities that dominate today’s national politics. Yang’s central campaign issue is the institution of a Universal Basic Income (UBI) for all Americans, a daring and pro...
  • Lauren
    I learned about Andrew Yang through Sam Harris's podcast in fall 2018, and put this book on my list to read more about his plans for Universal Basic Income and Human-Centered Capitalism. Through this book he poses a near-future where automation puts large sectors of the US economy out of work, small towns and cities die, and the life, as we have grown accustomed to, changes dramatically. The last third of the book sets the stage for the changes h...
  • Cody Sexton
    It seems that the world that we have all been preparing for, is on the verge of no longer existing. Technology is changing our economy now in ways that we aren’t fully equipped to understand, let alone control, and as technology continues to consistently advance, the shift of work activities now performed by humans and those performed by machines is going to change also and the shape the future of humanity will take will be the result of comple...
  • Yukari Watanabe/渡辺由佳里
    As soon as I started reading this book, I started telling people around me, "This is exactly the thing I've been telling everyone what we should do to save this country!" And, since I finished the book I've been telling everyone to support Andrew Yang as a presidential candidate for 2020. He is the first presidential candidate since Howard Dean whom I passionately support. I'm going to write a detailed review for Newsweek Japan, but for the Ameri...
  • Caren
    I wanted to read this book after hearing the author being interviewed on a podcast: actually listened to some of it in an audio-book format, read by the author, and then finished up by reading a physical book. (The author's audio performance was only so-so, but the content of the book was very thought-provoking.) More and more often, I read about the probability that automation will, in coming years, creat...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Brian Moyer
    Yang did a great job of illustrating the coming wave of automation and its effect on millions of low skilled American jobs (hint - elimination). He also does a good job of covering the common challenges "normal people" face, such as Oxycontin and opioid abuse, near-record income and capital inequality, single parent homes, etc. Then he introduces a plan for a VAT and Universal Basic Income, which I really liked. The problem I have with the book i...
  • Ben
    Universal Basic Income is a really interesting idea and it seems it would have something for everyone. Conservatives should like it because it can eliminate the cumbersome bureaucracy and disincentive to work of the current welfare state. Liberals should like it because it provides a safety net for the poor. Globalists and technocrats should like it because it will help them sleep better at night as they systematically eliminate millions of jobs....
  • 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...
  • Brendan Egan
    Lots of good information in here about the future of jobs and their place in society. Even if predictions are off a little, AI is definitely coming for our jobs at some point. That store or restaurant is going to replace workers with kiosks whether we raise the minimum wage or not.Andrew's book will give you an idea of what to expect, and present some options and solutions for the future so that society doesn't decay and fall into ruin when no on...
  • C.J. Shane
    I’ll admit. When I first heard about the idea of Universal Basic Income (UBI), I cynically thought that the chance of that happening in this country was as likely as gun control being implemented. Zero chance. Then I read Andrew Yang’s book The War on Normal People. He makes a very compelling argument for Universal Basic Income and Medicare for everyone. I also really like his "social credits" program which is in operation in a number of U.S....
  • Meow
    This review is long overdue and I find myself often referring back to bits and pieces I’ve read. The War On Normal People is a frightening commentary of our American economy and how ever advancing technology has already and will continue to create an epic scale of unemployment. More and more jobs are being eliminated as a result of “automation” and how is this affecting our society? Humans being rendered useless or irrelevant because their ...
  • 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...
  • Jakub Ferencik
    THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT BOOK I'VE READ THIS YEAR. The first time I heard about Andrew Yang was when he was on Sam Harris' podcast, "Waking Up". Yang is a current 2020 presidential candidate and successful entrepreneur that has spoken to many about creating jobs efficiently, including the former president, Barack Obama. Yang paints a very bleak picture for the future of humanity, our economy, and jobs. He looks at the speed of automation and ho...
  • thebakedbook
    Such a good read, and I'm really excited for his candidacy for President. I'm glad that someone is running with the UBI platform. I feel most people know that automation is on its way (or already here), and the issues he brings up would be really hard to argue the opposite. It is a TRIP to think about all of these institutions becoming obsolete: college, cashiers, lawyers, doctors, factory line workers... etc etc. Our government has the capabilit...
  • Lana
    This was an interesting read. The author has done a lot of research and the book is full with alarming statistics about how many jobs are being lost by automation and technology. He also is making bold predictions about how many Americans will be unable to find jobs in the future because of this automation. The picture he paints of the future is quite bleak. However, I can’t help but think that this was what humanity thought so many times befor...
  • Riley Redd
    This is a very important book. Every American ought to read it. Universal Basic Income is an absolute necessity now.
  • Dave
    I knew I wasn't going to be thrilled with this guy. I just forced myself to read this because he's running for president in 2020. He probably will be one of the better candidates but I still can't say that I agree with most of his ideas. It's not universal basic income that bothers me. I actually think UBI does make sense right now. The problem is that it should be part of a plan for transitioning to a degrowth economic system and a truly sustain...
  • Daniel
    Yang is running for America presidency 2020. He is the founder of Venture For America which distributed talents into developing cities in America, to staunch the brain drain of smart people into the coastal cities. Yang described the future jobless scenario when most things would be done by AI and robots. Though new jobs would be created, it will be 20 smart coders replacing 10000 blue or while collar workers. Many people will be out of a job, co...
  • Andrew Georgiadis
    “More men aged 18-34 are now living with their parents than with romantic partners...”Andrew Yang has written a provocative little book. The majority of the work presents us with an unmistakable truth: society has changed, conventional jobs are disappearing, there are two Americas divergent in economic outlook, and working-age lower-educated Americans (particularly white and rural) are increasingly left out of the equation.The data he present...