Everything Is Broken Up and Dances: The Crushing of the Middle Class

Everything Is Broken Up and Dances: The Crushing of the Middle Class

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Overview

This extended autobiographical essay explains in clear, engaging terms how the role of economics and finance in the Western world has shifted in the twenty-first century, from cultivating wellbeing in society to eroding the wealth of the middle class.

Just a handful of years into the new millennium, globalization has had a profound impact on economies and societies throughout Europe and America. In this accessible yet literary work, Edoardo Nesi and Guido Maria Brera illustrate its effects in Italy through the changes that occurred in their own lives: while the former was forced to sell the textile company his grandfather founded before World War II, the latter became one of the key figures in European asset management.

Between Bill Clinton's remarks at the Lincoln Memorial on December 31, 1999 that closed the American Century, and Donald Trump's inauguration speech, economics and finance stopped functioning as instruments constructing a healthy society and became weapons to destroy the middle class. As demagogues seduce citizens of nations across the globe, Everything Is Broken Up and Dances tells the critical story of how we corrupted what we might in retrospect call "the best of all possible worlds"--a world without banking crises, unemployment, terrorism, and populism, in which it was impossible to think that a state might default on its debt.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590519318
Publisher: Other Press, LLC
Publication date: 03/27/2018
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 1,229,736
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Edoardo Nesi is a writer, filmmaker, translator, and politician. He began his career translating the work of such authors as Bruce Chatwin, Malcolm Lowry, Stephen King, and Quentin Tarantino. He has written six novels, one of which, L'età dell'oro, was a finalist for the 2005 Strega Prize and a winner of the Bruno Cavallini Prize. He wrote and directed the film Fughe da fermo, based on his novel of the same name, and has translated David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest into Italian. In 2013 he was elected as a member of the Italian Parliament's Chamber of Deputies.

Guido Maria Brera is a founding partner of the Kairos Group, an Italian investment management company created in 1999 of which he is Chief Investment Officer. He is the author of I diavoli (2014).

Antony Shugaar is an author as well as a translator. His recent translations include On Earth as It Is in Heaven by Davide Enia, A Pimp's Notes, by Giorgio Faletti, Swimming to Elba by Silvia Avallone, Romanzo Criminale by Giancarlo De Cataldo, and The Four Corners of Palermo by Giuseppe Di Piazza (Other Press).

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