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Davos Man: How the Billionaires Devoured the World

Peter S. Goodman

A San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller The New York Times 's Global Economics Correspondent masterfully reveals how billionaires' systematic plunder of the world--brazenly accelerated during the pandemic--has transformed 21st-century life and dangerously destabilized democracy.

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Book Information

Publisher: Custom House
Publish Date: 01/18/2022
Pages: 480
ISBN-13: 9780063078307
ISBN-10: 0063078309
Language: English

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January 17, 2022

From the New York Times global economics correspondent, a rollicking and revelatory exposé of the global billionaire class who increasingly control the world. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

January 21, 2022

Peter Goodman takes a close look at the robber barons of the modern era, explaining how they have grabbed the gains of globalization and profited off the pandemic, undermined working people, economic stability, and even our very democracy in the process. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

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A San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller

The New York Times's Global Economics Correspondent masterfully reveals how billionaires' systematic plunder of the world--brazenly accelerated during the pandemic--has transformed 21st-century life and dangerously destabilized democracy.

"Davos Man will be read a hundred years from now as a warning." --Evan Osnos

"Excellent. A powerful, fiery book, and it could well be an essential one." --NPR.org

The history of the last half century in America, Europe, and other major economies is in large part the story of wealth flowing upward. The most affluent people emerged from capitalism's triumph in the Cold War to loot the peace, depriving governments of the resources needed to serve their people, and leaving them tragically unprepared for the worst pandemic in a century.

Drawing on decades of experience covering the global economy, award-winning journalist Peter S. Goodman profiles five representative "Davos Men"--members of the billionaire class--chronicling how their shocking exploitation of the global pandemic has hastened a fifty-year trend of wealth centralization. Alongside this reporting, Goodman delivers textured portraits of those caught in Davos Man's wake, including a former steelworker in the American Midwest, a Bangladeshi migrant in Qatar, a Seattle doctor on the front lines of the fight against COVID, blue-collar workers in the tenements of Buenos Aires, an African immigrant in Sweden, a textile manufacturer in Italy, an Amazon warehouse employee in New York City, and more.

Goodman's revelatory expos? of the global billionaire class reveals their hidden impact on nearly every aspect of modern society: widening wealth inequality, the rise of anti-democratic nationalism, the shrinking opportunity to earn a livable wage, the vulnerabilities of our health-care systems, access to affordable housing, unequal taxation, and even the quality of the shirt on your back. Meticulously reported yet compulsively readable, Davos Man is an essential read for anyone concerned about economic justice, the capacity of societies to grapple with their greatest challenges, and the sanctity of representative government.

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