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Chris Hayes Debut Exceeds Expectations,
This review is from: Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy (Hardcover)
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Full disclosure: I was already a big fan of Chris Hayes and his work before reading this book, so I had a pretty good idea that I would enjoy "Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy." If you are also a fan, then you really have no excuse for not having/reading this book.
For those who are unfamiliar with Chris Hayes: His POV is liberal, thoughtful, and incredibly well-informed. The first things I noticed about him were his wonderful way with words and how precise he is with language. He's got the best vocabulary in all of cable news-dom. I believe he has a background in philosophy, and so his writing style is academic in nature, but super readable.
"Twilight of the Elites" examines America's relationship with our traditional institutions of authority, and how the events of the past decade (Chris reviews these significant events for most of the first chapter, which results in most of the first chapter being kind of a bummer, but necessary for the premise of the book and you just have to slog through it) have affected the social contract between ordinary people and 'the meritocracy.'
TOTE isn't an anti-authoritarian polemic; Hayes is exploring the historic role of elites in America (no demonization of job creators, don't worry), how that role has changed/is changing, and what that might portend for our society. It isn't an ideological text, it's a critical one. And it is a refreshingly non-partisan and insightful look at structural society in America.
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Initial post: Jun 13, 2012 8:38:33 AM PDT
Like you, I am a Chris Hayes fan and agree he has the "best vocabulary in cable-newsdom." His objectivity and compulsion to bring opposing parties to the table for discussion is appropriately distanced from his POV. Unlike you, I haven't read TOTE, but will now despite other reviewers' disappointment in its lack of solutions. Besides, I feel like I owe it to Chris for his activism.
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