The Givers

The Givers

Wealth, Power, and Philanthropy in A New Gilded Age

Book - 2017 | First Edition.
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An inside look at the secretive world of elite philanthropists--and how they're quietly wielding ever more power to shape American life in ways both good and bad.

While media attention focuses on famous philanthropists such as Bill Gates and Charles Koch, thousands of donors are at work below the radar promoting a wide range of causes. David Callahan charts the rise of these new power players and the ways they are converting the fortunes of a second Gilded Age into influence. He shows how this elite works behind the scenes on education, the environment, science, LGBT rights, and many other issues--with deep impact on government policy. Above all, he shows that the influence of the Givers is only just beginning, as new waves of billionaires like Mark Zuckerberg turn to philanthropy. Based on extensive research and interviews with countless donors and policy experts, this is not a brief for or against the Givers, but a fascinating investigation of a power shift in American society that has implications for us all.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2017.
Edition: First Edition.
ISBN: 9781101947050
Branch Call Number: 361.740973 Cal
Characteristics: 343 pages ; 25 cm


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Jul 14, 2018

My first book into policy. Worth reading. Nice.

May 15, 2017

David Callahan founded and edits a website called Inside Philanthropy. His new book explores the world of ultra rich philanthropists (he calls many of them "activist philanthropists"), who use their money not just for good, but to influence politics, sway public opinion, and even try to privatize traditionally public institutions (schools, for example). While the book is somewhat blandly written and follows a repetitive format (Here's this rich guy. Here's how he made his money. Here's what he does with his money.), it's well-researched and thought-provoking, raising a key question of whether it's truly democratic to have the 1% wield such enormous power. Familiar figures like Bill Gates, the Koch Brothers, and Mark Zuckerberg are featured, and Callahan follows the money as it works its way into health, education, arts, politics, and more. We learn that the rich are different than us: they have more money, more power, and more influence.

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