“This book challenges a central myth that underlies today’s antigovernment rhetoric: that an individual’s success is the result of gumption and hard work alone. Miller and Lapham clearly show that personal success is closely tied to the supports society provides. Must reading for all who want to get our nation back on track.”
—Robert Reich, former US Secretary of Labor; Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley; and author of Aftershock
“Miller and Lapham debunk the self-made myth that has been bought and sold by the corporate media. I urge anyone who cares about forging a more just and fair economy to buy this book and take its smart ideas to heart.”
—Katrina vanden Heuvel, Editor and Publisher, The Nation
“After decades of disingenuous bashing of community and our common interests, this book serves as a reality check, reminding us that no one can survive without the contributions of the rest of us.”
—Carol Moseley Braun, former US Senator
Brian Miller has served as executive director of United for a Fair Economy (UFE) since 2009, drawing on nearly 20 years of experience as a community organizer, coalition leader, media spokesperson, writer, researcher, and nonprofit director.
Mike Lapham is the project director and co-founder of UFE’s Responsible Wealth project, a network of over 700 business leaders and wealthy individuals. In addition to directing the program, Lapham is also a member, having inherited stock in his family’s paper mill in upstate New York.
United for a Fair Economy (UFE) is a national organization that works to foster a more broadly shared prosperity. In addition to UFE's key role in the recent tax debates, UFE has a range of programs that seek to shape public dialogue and support social movements for economic fairness. Responsible Wealth is a project of UFE that brings together 700 business leaders, high-wealth, and high-income individuals to speak out against their narrow financial self-interest and in favor of progressive tax policies and corporate accountability.
Foreword Author Bill Gates Sr. worked for many years as a successful attorney in Seattle, Washington, and is the father of Microsoft founder Bill Gates III. He has been an active leader in both the national and Washington State debates around progressive tax policies. Foreword Author Chuck Collins is a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies and is co-author, with Bill Gates Sr., of Wealth and Our Commonwealth: Why America Should Tax Accumulated Fortunes. In 1995 he co-founded United for a Fair Economy.
This book is a good read that is important for the discussion of this subject.
The current and ever-growing inequality of wealth makes this a perfect time to expose the myths espoused by the insular wealthy.
The Self-Made Myth is full of stories and statistics that bolster the conclusion rendered in the title of the book.
It is refreshing to see very successful people who get the fact that it takes more than singular individuals, even extraordinarily bright individuals such as themselves, to achieve... Read morePublished 18 months ago by EED
It's important for liberals and conservatives to read this book. It shows a different side of the tax discussion that is not commonly shown. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Justin Senno
It readily debunks the myth of the self-made tycoon. Luck is a major ingredient. The best luck of all is being born into a rich family.Published 20 months ago by kp
This book takes the myth that individual and business success is attributable only to the work of the individual and tears it apart piece by piece. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Joyce
When I began reading THE SELF-MADE MYTH by Brian Miller and Mike Lapham I initially thought it was going to be another book that just tauted the role of government in our lives. Read morePublished on July 9, 2012 by Cyrus Webb
This book projected liberal ideas about how society is going wrong. Was pretty interesting reading how the other side thinks these days, being a conservative myself.Published on May 13, 2012 by snipe98c
This ridiculous piece of garbage is only suitable for kindling or cage liner. It's a defense of progressive socialism and the redistribution of wealth...or in other words....lies. Read morePublished on April 1, 2012 by BS