American Amnesia by Jacob S. Hacker audiobook

American Amnesia: How the War on Government Led Us to Forget What Made America Rich

By Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson
Read by Holter Graham

Simon & Schuster Audio
17.38 Hours Unabridged
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    ISBN: 9781508215745

From the groundbreaking author team behind the bestselling Winner-Take-All Politics, a timely and topical work that examines what’s good for American business and what’s good for Americans—and why those interests are misaligned. In Winner-Take-All Politics, Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson explained how political elites have enabled and propelled plutocracy. They trace the economic and political history of the United States over the last century and show how a viable mixed economy has long been the dominant engine of America’s prosperity. Like every other prospering democracy, the United States developed a mixed economy that channeled the spirit of capitalism into strong growth and healthy social development. In this bargain, government and business were as much partners as rivals. Public investments in education, science, transportation, and technology laid the foundation for broadly based prosperity. Programs of economic security and progressive taxation provided a floor of protection and business focused on the pursuit of profit—and government addressed needs business could not. The mixed economy was the most important social innovation of the twentieth century. It spread a previously unimaginable level of broad prosperity. It enabled steep increases in education, health, longevity, and economic security. And yet, extraordinarily, it is anathema to many current economic and political elites. And as the advocates of anti-government free market fundamentalism have gained power, they are hell-bent on scrapping the instrument of nearly a century of unprecedented economic and social progress. In American Amnesia, Hacker and Pierson explain how—and why they must be stopped.

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Summary

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A New York Times Editor’s Choice

From the groundbreaking author team behind the bestselling Winner-Take-All Politics, a timely and topical work that examines what’s good for American business and what’s good for Americans—and why those interests are misaligned.

In Winner-Take-All Politics, Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson explained how political elites have enabled and propelled plutocracy. They trace the economic and political history of the United States over the last century and show how a viable mixed economy has long been the dominant engine of America’s prosperity.

Like every other prospering democracy, the United States developed a mixed economy that channeled the spirit of capitalism into strong growth and healthy social development. In this bargain, government and business were as much partners as rivals. Public investments in education, science, transportation, and technology laid the foundation for broadly based prosperity. Programs of economic security and progressive taxation provided a floor of protection and business focused on the pursuit of profit—and government addressed needs business could not.

The mixed economy was the most important social innovation of the twentieth century. It spread a previously unimaginable level of broad prosperity. It enabled steep increases in education, health, longevity, and economic security. And yet, extraordinarily, it is anathema to many current economic and political elites. And as the advocates of anti-government free market fundamentalism have gained power, they are hell-bent on scrapping the instrument of nearly a century of unprecedented economic and social progress. In American Amnesia, Hacker and Pierson explain how—and why they must be stopped.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Economists have long studied markets and the taxonomy of market failure. Public choice theorists have helped understand the many ways in which government can fail. But we are too often presented with only two alternatives, one in which broken markets are fixed by an imagined perfect government while, in another, broken governments are fixed by an imagined ideal market. The truth is that we need both the market and the state: the market brings us prosperity and helps guarantee our liberty but there is much that is impossible without collective action. In this lively, engaging, and persuasive book, Hacker and Pierson explain how much of our health and prosperity rests on what governments have done. American Amnesia will help slow the intellectual pendulum that is currently swinging towards anarchic libertarianism that threatens more than a century of American progress.” Angus Deaton, 2015 Nobel Prize in Economics winner
“The clearest explanation yet of the forces that converged over the past three decades or so to undermine the economic well-being of ordinary Americans.” New York Times

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Author Bio: Jacob S. Hacker

Author Bio: Jacob S. Hacker

Jacob S. Hacker is the Stanley B. Resor Professor of political science at Yale University. A fellow at the New America Foundation in Washington, DC, he is the author of the New York Times Editors’ Choice The Great Risk Shift: The New Economic Insecurity and the Decline of the American Dream and The Divided Welfare State, and he is coauthor, with Paul Pierson, of Off Center: The Republican Revolution and the Erosion of American Democracy. A frequent media commentator, Hacker has written for publications including the Nation, the New York Times, and the Washington Post and has appeared on MSNBC and NPR. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut.

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Author Bio: Paul Pierson

Author Bio: Paul Pierson

Paul Pierson is a professor of political science and holder of the Avice Saint Chair of Public Policy at the University of California–Berkeley. He is the author of Politics in Time and Dismantling the Welfare State? and coauthor, with Jacob S. Hacker, of Off Center. He has written for publications including the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post, and the New Republic and serves on the editorial boards of the American Political Science Review, Perspectives on Politics, and the Annual Review of Political Science. Pierson lives in Berkeley, California.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Political Science
Runtime: 17.38
Audience: Adult
Language: English