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Reviewed in the United States on July 2, 2019
Great hypothesis worth exploring. However, the book rambles on and relies on personnel perspectives not supported by facts. When there are efforts to support the points put forth, the reference in the notes is invariably to a highly biased source like the opinion page of the NYT. So, the entire text focuses on re-hashing ideas that have been bouncing around the social justice echo chamber for years. No new material, just a catchy new tagline.

A great example of the bias is in the final chapter where she says Dick Cheney and other wealthy people “have invested millions in private prisons.” A bit of research quickly shows that the VP was accused of supporting private prisons by a discredited South Texas DA since he had money in The Vanguard Group. The Vanguard Group is a massive mutual fund family with billions under management. Some of the group’s funds had holdings in GEO, a private prison company. It’s quite a stretch of logic to equate the VP’s passive holdings with some larger conspiracy to lock people up. By that evidence, a substantial portion of the American public should be indicted as well (including most people with a 401K) due to their passive investments. Very shoddy logic that shows the lengths to which the author is willing to stretch to feed the readers need for confirmation bias.

Most disappointing was the fact that the author makes it clear at the outset that the book was written for people like her who already agree that the issues she is about to write about exist. That's a disappointingly low bar - better if she had written the book to convince the sceptics. Alas, that would be a lot of work and she is clearly not up to the challenge from the outset.
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