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About this book

Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World is a 2018 non-fiction book by American author Anand Giridharadas. It is his third book and was published by Alfred A. Knopf on August 28, 2018. The book appeared on The New York Times Best Seller list.

In the book, Giridharadas argues that members of the global elite, though sometimes engaged in philanthropy, use their wealth and influence to preserve systems that concentrate wealth at the top at the expense of societal progress.


Our interpretation:

When about 8 people on the entire planet own and manage about 50% of all global wealth, we are far beyond the point of calling it 'a gap'. This book elegantly deconstructs some of the myths created by and for the elite, and more specifically by those who claim to use their wealth for positive change: the so-called philanthropists, the big shot entrepreneurs. Spending a fraction of their wealth on charity, really only serves to cover up the illegal and immoral provenance of their money and to consolidate an already deeply rooted status quo. But how can you give away money that was never yours? Isn't that called 'giving it back'? And should you not be jailed? Along with your political, legal and financial facilitators?