Chrystia Freeland is one of the world’s leading voices on Finance as the digital editor of Thomson Reuters, and having previously served as the managing editor of the Financial Times. Her new book “Plutocrats: The Rise Of The New Global Super Rich And The Fall Of Everyone Else” is an depth critically acclaimed look at wealth disparity, income inequality, and the new global elite. The new book is a bestseller, and has landed her national TV Appearances all over the place including a great showing on The Colbert Report right before chatting with me.
Here is some of the amazing feedback that Chrystia has received for “Plutocrats” from some of the world’s top minds:
“Rising inequality is one of the most pressing issues of our time. Chrystia Freeland’s Plutocrats provides us with a glimpse of the lives of America’s elites and a disquieting look at the society that produces them. This well-written and lively account is a good primer for anyone who wants to understand one extreme of America today.”
–Joseph Stiglitz, author of The Price of Inequality; University Professor, Columbia University
Mix crisp economics, ripe history, and two pinches of salty gossip, and you have the flavor of Chrystia Freeland’s entertaining book. From the opulent Bradley Martin ball of 1897 to its modern echoes in Sun Valley and Davos, Plutocrats chronicles the habits of the workaholic overclass—its taste for British public schools, its immodest philanthropy, its fundamental rootlessness. Even as she describes this gilded tribe, Freeland advances a paradoxical warning. Open societies may allow super-achievers to pile up extraordinary riches—and to feel that they have more or less deserved them. But the more these meritocrats succeed, the more likely they are to entrench their own offspring at the top of the heap, negating the very meritocracy that afforded them their chances. Already in the United States, graduating from college is more closely linked to having wealthy parents than to grades in high school. When class matters more than going to class, Freeland’s message must be treated with the utmost seriousness.
–Sebastian Mallaby, author of More Money than God: Hedge Funds and the Making of a New Elite
Our world increasingly revolves around global elites who not only have an oversized effect on our politics but also set the trends and furnish us with the dominant discourse. In this delightful book, Chrystia Freeland tells the story of how we got here and what distinguishes our elites from those of previous epochs. Most importantly, she explains why the elites’ dominance, even when it appears benign, is a challenge to our institutions and gives us clues about how we can overcome it.
–Daron Acemoglu, co-author of Why Nations Fail; economics professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
“The world’s wealthy elite are more wealthy, more knit together, more separate from their fellow citizens and probably more powerful than ever before. This very important book describes their lives and more important how their lives affect all of ours. It should be read by anyone concerned with how their world is being shaped and how it will evolve.”
–Lawrence Summers, Former U.S. Treasury Secretary; Charles W. Eliot , University Professor, Harvard University
Chrystia Freeland has written a fascinating account of perhaps the most important economic and political development of our era: the rise of a new plutocracy. She explains that today’s wealthy are different from their predecessors: more skilled and more global; and more often employees than owners, notably so in finance and high technology. By putting together stories of individuals with reading of the scholarly evidence, she gives us a clear view of what many will view as a not so brave new world.
–Martin Wolf, Chief Economics Commentator for the Financial Times
Here “The King Of Kamelot” sits down with the brilliant and awesome Chrystia Freeland in NYC at Thomson Reuters HQ to talk about her critically acclaimed new bestselling book “Plutocrats”, her thoughts on the various billionaires that she interviewed around the word, her thoughts on the widening of the class structure around the world, and soo much more! Enjoy Kade Nation!
Here is Chrystia Freeland on The Colbert Report right before chatting with me:
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