Tailspin: The People and Forces Behind America's Fifty-Year Fall–and Those Fighting to Reverse It

Tailspin: The People and Forces Behind America's Fifty-Year Fall–and Those Fighting to Reverse It

From the award-winning journalist and best-selling author of America's Bitter Pill: a tour de force examination of 1) how and why major American institutions no longer serve us as they should, causing a deep rift between the vulnerable majority and the protected few, and 2) how some individuals and organizations are laying the foundation for real, lasting change.

In this revelatory narrative covering the years 1967 to 2017, Steven Brill gives us a stunningly cogent picture of the broken system at the heart of our society. He shows us how, over the last half-century, America's core values--meritocracy, innovation, due process, free speech, and even democracy itself--have somehow managed to power its decline into dysfunction. They have isolated our best and brightest, whose positions at the top have never been more secure or more remote. The result has been an erosion of responsibility and accountability, an epidemic of shortsightedness, an increasingly hollow economic and political center, and millions of Americans gripped by apathy and hopelessness. By examining the people and forces behind the rise of big-money lobbying, legal and financial engineering, the demise of private-sector unions, and a hamstrung bureaucracy, Brill answers the question on everyone's mind: How did we end up this way? Finally, he introduces us to those working quietly and effectively to repair the damages. At once a diagnosis of our national ills, a history of their development, and a prescription for a brighter future, Tailspin is a work of riveting journalism--and a welcome antidote to political despair.

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  • Gary Moreau

    Brill’s is one of a gazillion recent books that addresses the question, what happened to America? That it’s broken, we all know, even if we don’t always admit it to ourselves.This book, however,...

  • David Wineberg

    Medieval moats updatedFor Steven Brill, “America has increasingly become a Moat Nation, producing a parade of unfair advantages for those with the resources to deploy the knowledge workers to build ...

  • Peter Mcloughlin

    Although Brill starts talking about the virtues of the meritocracy he spends a great deal of time giving a fine-grained analysis of how they screwed over the country in the past four or five decades t...

  • Bryan Alexander

    Tailspin is journalist Steven Brill's attempt to determine what's recently gone wrong in America. His thesis centers on a cultural shift he sees that began around 1965. Starting then America divided i...

  • Serge

    I agree about the political unsustainability of current system of meritocracy. But I was hoping for more frank discussion. Because many if not most people, perhaps myself included, may just lack what ...

  • skip thurnauer

    Why don't things work in America the way they should or the way they used to? I picked up Tailspin because I saw it referenced for stating the world's richest country has "the highest poverty rate amo...

  • G. T.

    Well thought out and documented (one third of the book is citations and references). This book does a very good job of mapping what has gone wrong with our U.S. cultural and political situation since ...

  • Richard Nelson

    If you feel like America has been on a steady downward trajectory your whole life (and if you don’t, you’re probably extremely wealthy and able to ignore a lot), this book explains why that is and...

  • Boone Bolinder

    Mr Brill does a fantastic job explaining the problems inherent in our current system without demonizing those that are at the top. They are not evil, only trying to do what is best for themselves. May...

  • Bari Dzomba

    Excellent journalism and research. Brill doesn’t disappoint. I see this as a 4.5. Annoyed that the reading stats are off.... I was at 70% when the book finished. The rest were sources. ...