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  • Published: 27 August 2020
  • ISBN: 9781473583689
  • Imprint: Ebury Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 464
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Evil Geniuses

The Unmaking of America - A Recent History




A deep dive into how big business took over American politics, from the critically acclaimed author of Fantasyland

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERHow an elite cabal rewrote the American dream for their gain - and left the rest of the world behind.'Elegantly written, full of insight' - Justin Webb'Absorbing, infuriating, full-of-facts-you-didn't-know, saxophonely written' - Anand Giridharadas'Kurt Andersen at his riveting best' - Matthew D'AnconaEvil Geniuses is the secret history of how, over the last half century, America has sharply swerved away from its dream of progress for the many to a system of unfettered profit and self-interest for the few.

As the social liberation of the 1960s finally ended in the chaos of Vietnam and Watergate, a faction of rich industrialists, business chiefs, wide-eyed libertarians and right-wing economic radicals were waiting, determined to claw back everything they saw as rightfully theirs. Reaching back into the dangerous powers of nostalgia, they emulated the unchecked robber barons of the past - veiling their actions as a return to the good old days, and winning over the people in the name of traditional American values.

In this hugely entertaining and deeply researched cultural and economic exposé, New York Times bestselling author Kurt Andersen maps the rich history of intricate networks, unlikely connections and dark truths which are controlling a nation, revealing how on earth America got to where it is now - and what it might do to win its progressive future back.

  • Published: 27 August 2020
  • ISBN: 9781473583689
  • Imprint: Ebury Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 464
Categories:

About the author

Kurt Andersen

New York Times bestselling author Kurt Andersen is host and co-creator of Studio 360, the Peabody Award-winning public radio show and podcast. He co-founded Spy magazine, served as editor-in-chief of New YorkMagazine, and was a cultural columnist and critic for Time and the New Yorker and contributes to Vanity Fair and the New York Times. Read more about him at his website: http://www.kurtandersen.com/

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Praise for Evil Geniuses

Nostalgia is the antithesis of history. Anderson brilliantly exposes how nostalgia — the strategic oversimplification of our past — has erased complexity and friction from our country’s narrative to serve a single goal: to preserve the status quo for the benefit of those in power. As such, Evil Geniuses documents how history and nostalgia are engaged in a hand to hand combat that may determine our future.

Ken Burns

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