In TWILIGHT OF THE ELITES: America After Meritocracy (on sale June 12, 2012), MSNBC host and The Nation editor-at-large Chris Hayes rethinks some of the fundamental ideas about the way our society works, offering an original theory about how we have gotten here. He persuasively concludes that the meritocratic system upon which we depend to select the country’s best and brightest is fatally flawed, creating a ruling elite that is no longer functional. Provocative and forcefully written, TWILIGHT OF THE ELITES maps out how the crisis of authority came to define our public life, our political debates, and our understanding of our trajectory as a society. Employing original reporting and social science, Hayes moves beyond the standard explanations of our post-bailout society and introduces new ways of understanding the anger, frustration, and bewilderment that accelerating inequality has produced. TWILIGHT OF THE ELITES challenges us to imagine a different social order, to construct coalitions, institutions, and constituencies that militate not only against the status quo, but for equality. “This is the cycle of a dynamic society,” Hayes writes.
“This is the Next Big Thing that we have been waiting for. Twilight of the Elites is the fully reported, detailed, true story of a 21st century America beyond the reach of authority. It’s new, and true, and beautifully told -- Hayes is the young left’s most erudite and urgent interpreter. Brilliant book.” – Rachel Maddow, host of The Rachel Maddow Show and author of Drift
"A provocation; a challenge; and a major contribution to the great debate over how the American dream can be restored." – David Frum, contributing editor, DailyBeast/Newsweek
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