This is not dry economics. He seemed to just "tell" you things are the way he says they are rather than "show" how they are. Reich is a great explainer, and entertaining writer. About the author: Robert Bernard Reich is an American politician, academic, and political commentator. He thinks self-interest and innovation drives economies, incentivizing productive behavior is good, etc but also that unfettered capitalism allows the super rich to gain more and more control over the state to the detriment of the people. Born: Jun, 1946. "Those who claim to be on the side of freedom while ignoring the growing imbalance of economic and political power in America and other advanced countries are not in fact on the side of freedom. Reich explains how political changes in the last three decades is accelerating wealth inequality. Full Review | Original Score: 3/5 Top Critic. Myths and legends, as Hunter S. Thompson observed, die hard in America, but perhaps none so hard as this one. Or the greed of large corporations and the flaws of policies. The irony is that this appeal to the many is far more likely to be read by the few. The mythology is useful precisely because it hides their power.”, “The simultaneous rise of both the working poor and non-working rich offers further evidence that earnings no longer correlate with effort.”, http://knopfdoubleday.com/book/227780/saving-capitalism/. Bill Gates, tech pioneer, co-founder of Microsoft, and co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is an avid reader who people follow... To see what your friends thought of this book, It's available for free in the Internet Archive library. I found his writing to be easy to follow, while laying out great points. — The New York Review of Books “If you want to understand why income and wealth inequality are the economic, political, and moral issues of our time, you must read this book. We can have democracy or we can have massive wealth in the hands of few people but we can't have both. Saving Capitalism is a 2017 documentary film directed by Jacob Kornbluth and Sari Gilman, following former Secretary of Labor and Professor Robert Reich, speaking about current state of our economic system, and presents ideas how to "save capitalism".. Haven't read any of his books. There is a beautifully clear simplicity to this. They would prefer the bottom 90 percent continue to preoccupy themselves with tendentious battles over governments size (or that it war over non-economic issues such as same-sex marriage, abortion, guns, race, and religion) than find common economic cause. Netflix’s Saving Capitalism is a good primer on the economic situation in the United States and how it got to this point. 'SAVING CAPITALISM': Three and a Half Stars (Out of Five) A documentary about capitalism in modern society, starring liberal politician Robert Reich. Wake up call. He served as Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1997. I'm skeptical of big business, big corporations, big banks *and* big government in about equal measure. Most people don’t have a shot at even getting close to such wealth. We already know that there is a problem. Saving Capitalism is a well-written, thought-provoking book by one of America's leading economic thinkers and progressive champions. It's really preaching to the Liberal choir, but this is definitely one I wish more people would read. This is one of those books I read because I enjoy reading authors with whom I agree. He is a trustee of the Economists for Peace and Security. See All Audience Reviews Saving Capitalism Quotes. His approach here isn't ideological but pragmatic, not based on preconceived notions of *a fair society* but on the alarming economic data and preventable inequities in our own society as they stand. Reich is a great explainer, and entertaining writer. I went into this book a disgruntled libertarian, a former Ron Paul obsessive whose dedication to Austrian economics was on the wane, and came out further leftward than I anticipated. The question of capitalism’s longevity has been the subject of many "big think" books in recent times. Saving Capitalism movie reviews & Metacritic score: Saving Capitalism, based on Robert Reich’s 2015 book, explores the reasons why the economic system that … Robert Reich is one of the best economists in modern American history. Americans will lead the way for reform as they have done in the past and that movement has already sprung to action. The evidence he cites to show that corporate directors once thought they owed a duty to employees, the community, the environment, was weak as well. 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