Beyond Outrage: What has gone wrong with our economy and our democracy, and how to fix it
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Beyond Outrage: What has gone wrong with our economy and our democracy, and how to fix it

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In this eBook exclusive, Robert B. Reich urges Americans to get beyond mere outrage about the nation’s increasingly concentrated wealth and corrupt politics in order to mobilize and to take back our economy and democracy.

Americans can’t rely only on getting good people elected, Reich argues, because nothing positive happens in Washington unless good people outside Washingt...more
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Published April 17th 2012 by Knopf (first published January 1st 2012)
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Beyond Outrage: What has gone wrong with our economy and our democracy, and how to fix it by Robert B. Reich

“Beyond Outrage” is a plea for action for those who care about the Future of America. Accomplished author of twelve books and current Professor of Public Policy, Robert Reich provides insight to what happened to our economy and how to fix it. In a lucid and persuasive manner, Reich provides compelling arguments in support of his main thesis: that our economy and democracy has been manipula...more
Sandy
Apr 28, 2012 Sandy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Recommended to Sandy by: Rachel Maddow Show
Shelves: 2012, ebooks
This was an excellent read. Reich was able to explain a lot about the financial mess the country is in today without being financially technical. Anyone who can balance a checkbook will understand this book. Easy to read, easy to understand. But explosive!

If 'we the people' continue to go from one day to the next only worrying about our own lives and not the bigger picture, the powers that be - the top 5% of income earners, will continue to erode our economy. What good does the medium to large b...more
Robert
If you follow Reich's blog, what he says here is pretty familiar. I liked it, because it was all in one place and presented as an overall policy position. I've read The Work of Nations as well, and I really liked that. This was a Kindle edition and included some online resources. The only part that seemed weak to me was a sort of cheerleading prescription about what to do to oppose the reactionary forces in politics and finance that are taking the country back into some sort of Gilded Age of no...more
Melissa Acuna
If it were possible to give a book 10 stars, I would give this one the full 10. Robert Reich, former Clinton economic advisor, clearly, concisely and with irrefutable facts, lays out how tightly intertwined the political and financial systems have become. He begins the book with seven key points regarding the economy (some points dating back to the 1970's), then moves on to how the Right has moved farther right and now wants to move America back to a less open, tolerant, healthy nation, back to...more
Britt Bowman
He makes some interesting points in regards to wage stagnation. He's absolutely right - the long term problem isn't how many jobs are being created, it's how little they pay, particularly in a consumption based economy. I don't agree with his idea that charity donations to cultural endeavors are by and for the rich alone. Any poor college student who has purchased symphony/ theatre tickets for practically nothing has donors to thank. Art museums are affordable because of contributions from donor...more
John
A VIB -- Very Important Book -- that advocates going beyond the self-defeated feeling that most of us have which tells us the world is so stacked against us that we can never win. We can. This book is the beginning of a manifesto on how to make it happen. Reading this book will raise your anger levels through the roof as Reich sets up the facts of what happened to this country and how a powerful few have come close to ruining everything for the rest of us, but get beyond that outrage and encoura...more
James
A quick read and an important one. Robert Reich's treatise succinctly details the threat to America's democracy and economy from the Regressive Right and provides easily implementable solutions we can all take to set America on a progressive path.
Chungsoo Lee
I just finished hearing this book: Beyond Outrage, well read passionately by the author. A wonderful and convincing book laying out the arguments for lies of the Republican establishment and their ideologies promoted ever since President Herbert Hubert--the ideology of Social Darwinism in turn promoted by Prof. Summner in early 20 century. The truth about deficit, tax codes, role of the government, etc. must be told and spread over and against the lies. The super rich cannot continue to gather m...more
Stephanie
May 19, 2012 Stephanie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone interested in the Occupy Wall Street Movement, those who want to get involved in politics.
I'm a follower of Dr. Robert Reich, so I expected to like and relate well to this book. I was not expecting many huge or overwhelmingly outrageous ideas because I know fairly well how he thinks (because I think along the same lines).

Setting aside ideals and common values - his writing is simple. A kind of a 'bonk me on the head, yeah, I get it' kind of style. A lot of the ideas are repeated throughout the book, just in different ways and from different angles.

This book is (I think) dedicated t...more
Michael
A brief and well written left-wing jeremiad about what's wrong with the American economy and what should be done to fix it. I admit, I like Robert Reich and I always have. He is a smart, funny, passionate man who--so far as I can tell--is a happy Progressive warrior. It's hard to disagree with much of what he says is ailing us: too much money at the top, too much money in Washington, too much bitterness and cynicism and scorched earth politics in America. The good professor does a bang-up job de...more
Sam Dye
We all should make a choice to get a little more involved in politics is the subject of the third section "Beyond Outrage: What you need to do."

The first section "The Rigged Game" deals with some facts such as from WWII to 1981 the top marginal tax rate never fell below 70%. President Eisenhower built the interstate highway system and the tax rate during his presidency was 91%!

Part two "The Rise of the Regressive Right" he reveals that Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia in 2010 had participate...more
Randy Lander
As always with Reich, this is well-written, passionate, makes a lot of sense and... all seems very common sense to me. The problem I have with it is not anything about the book, it's that I didn't really learn anything new here. The economic disparities Reich points out are obvious to anyone paying attention, unfortunately the people who need this wake-up call won't believe it because:

A) They don't want to think about it
B) They think Reich is a liberal propagandist and thus will think all he's d...more
Diane
I admit to being a fan of Robert Reich, the outspoken U.C. Berkeley professor. He's knowledgeable, he's on my side (a progressive) and, maybe most important of all, I can understand him. I confess that to read his works is me listening to him singing to the choir.

Having said all that, I heartily recommend this "single" book, published only as an e-book. The material is brief and as easy an explanation of U.S. economic matters as is possible. It's also scary. Dr. Reich intends that to be so as h...more
Dan
Beyond Outrage is a book which deals with the growing gap between rich and poor. Reich explains the frustration which has led to the Occupy movement. Quoting Reich, "Yet when real people without money assemble to express their dissatisfaction with all this, they're told the First Amendment doesn't apply. Instead, they're clubbed, pepper sprayed, thrown out of public parks, and evicted from public spaces. Across America, public officials have said Occupiers have to go."

This is a timely book as we...more
Kevin Brantley
I liked what Robert Reich has to say about the lopsided influence that very wealthy people enjoy and I liked his idea about a corporate pledge of allegiance. I think capitalism is the best system to motivate people, but there must be a hierarchy of allegiance where corporations put their countries above sheer profits. As it stands now, corporations only care about themselves and do not really care about any country they do business in. Americans feel it, but politicians would be called every pej...more
Jeb
This is a polemic. So, if you're a conservative, you're probably not going to like this book. Reich believes, essentially, that you are destroying whatever is good about the United States and he's pretty clear on how you're doing it and how you have to be stopped.

Reich provides some evidence behind his claims, but, it's pretty inconsistent. So, the discussion about the increasing poverty of people in the US since Reagan, is compelling. But, there are other assertions that are really just asserti...more
Clifford
Robert Reich gets it exactly right, including a prescription for what we can all do to start fixing the problem.
Jason
The title of this book is well chosen. Outrage - both authentic outrage and faux-outrage manufactured by paid marketing strategists in partisan think tanks - is something we're all too familiar with these days.

It's time to move beyond that, because real change is going to require more than pressing a button in the voting booth in November.

It is going to require active, adult citizens demanding a basic social contract that says that anyone who works hard ought to be able to create a better life...more
Rick Goff
Here's the book for anyone who would like to know more about what afflicts the U.S. economy and how we might begin to fix it, but only has a couple of hours for reading. Reich has limited himself to about 150 pages, surely in the hope that the book will appeal even to folks who don't make a habit of reading non-fiction.

Reich has a genius for distilling his encyclopedic knowledge of history and economics for presentation that is easy to comprehend. Maybe I can compare him to Thomas Paine in this...more
Bryan
This was a quick fun read. Only a few hours will get you through it. Many statements could provide conservatives with some heavy fodder. It's a Left book no doubt, but his main arguments would be difficult to challenge.
The main points made are well-put, and are convincing. He does an excellent job of painting the current political picture in a stinky way, which is probably pretty accurate.
Because of the quick flow, and the fun topic, I like this e-book, well worth the few-buck price tag.
Kristina Franken
America's Economy And Democracy are working for the benefit of ever-fewer privileged and powerful people. But rather than just complain about it or give up on the system we must join together and make it work for all of us.


I highly recomend this book to anyone.

FTC: I have recieved this book free of charge and am in no way bound to give a good review.
Jane
This is a really interesting book and helped me define my outrage. The bad thing is that it is only available as an ebook and I only have an iphone which is not my favorite way to read a book. The great thing about this book is the last third where he has ideas of what we can do to make changes. The letter he wrote to the president is amazing.
Gordon
Robert Reich quotes Louis Brandeis, a member of the US Supreme Court, who once said that, "We may have democracy, or we may have great wealth concentrated in the hands of the few, but we cannot have both." This quotation is really the crux of Reich's book. He believes that the economic elite, the infamous 1% controlling the great majority of the country's wealth, has rigged the political game to ensure that their economic dominance is not only maintained, but continues to grow. Awareness of the...more
Kelly Bragg
Robert isn't just a smart guy who has worked for THREE administrations in the White House. The man is BRILLIANT, and we should listen to him! My favorite thing about the book is that there isn't just a description of the problem & its history, but Reich includes a section about HOW TO FIX THE ISSUES. An excellent read!
Ben


It's pretty good. The summary of our larger macro economic problems seems spot on. But the bigger problem is it feels very similar to other works--such as Dean Baker's latest. That makes some sense as the underlying narrative is consistent, but does make the book feel a bit like less of a stand out.
Lori Scheffler
Whiny and just plain silly. The main thesis is that some people have more money than others and it's not fair. One of the statistics he uses is that the average middle class income today is only $200 more than it was in 1980...adjusted for inflation! Oh horrors, people are making the same amount of money!
Don
Sep 03, 2012 Don rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
I don't disagree with Reich's general perspective, but he's a little hyperbolic on some of the issues. He's angry, for sure. Still, the book is a quick distillation of many of our current social problems from the liberal perspective, if you're looking for that sort of thing.
Jill Edmondson
I love reading books that make me think, and I love picking up any book from which I'll learn something. This was great - well informed, well written, and gave me much pause for thought.
Suzanne
While I agreed with much (but not all) that was said, it was terribly one sided and the "how to fix it" chpater short on substance (unless you want to enter policitics full time!) Read it on the kindle as a discounted ebook.
Gwen

I decided to read this after watching Inequity for All. I liked it, but I felt like it was very partisan unlike Inequity for All. Even though I am sure a conservative would watch Inequity for All and call it socialist propaganda, at least in the film, he tries to not attack Republicans. In the book he openly attacks Republicans. I did not like or enjoy how inflammatory I felt his message was at times, even if I agree with most of his assertions. Also and this may just be me, but I felt like he m...more
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Robert Bernard Reich is an American politician, academic, and political commentator. He served as Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1997. Reich is a former Harvard University professor and the former Maurice B. Hexter Professor of Social and Economic Policy at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. He is currently a professor at the Un...more
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