Winners Take All


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Book tour dates



Tuesday, September 4 -- 6:30 p.m.

Anand in conversation with Joy Reid, host of "AM Joy" on MSNBC

The New York Public Library
Celeste Auditorium
476 Fifth Ave
New York, NY 10018

Sold out but standby seating may be available



Thursday, September 6 -- 6 p.m.

Anand in conversation with Jay Coen Gilbert, cofounder of B Lab, at the Philadelphia Citizen
Arch Street Presbyterian Church
1724 Arch Street
Philadelphia PA 19103

Open to the public but ticketed


Saturday, September 8 -- 10 a.m.

Anand in conversation with Mayor Michael Tubbs of Stockton, California, at the Arena Summit

Pennsylvania Convention Center
1101 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Tickets here



Monday, September 10 -- 7:30 p.m.

Anand in conversation with Lydia Polgreen, editor-in-chief of HuffPost, hosted by Greenlight Bookstore

St. Joseph’s College
245 Clinton Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11205

Free but ticketed



Tuesday, September 11 -- 7 p.m.

Anand in conversation with David Leonhardt of The New York Times

Politics & Prose
5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Free and open to the public


Wednesday, September 12 -- 5 p.m.

Anand in conversation with Sonal Shah, executive director of the Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation 

Beeck Center, Georgetown University
Copley Formal Lounge
3700 O St NW
Washington, DC 20007

Free but ticketed



Thursday, September 13 -- 6 p.m.

Anand in conversation with Michael Sandel, professor of government at Harvard, hosted by the Harvard Bookstore

The Brattle Theater
40 Brattle St
Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets here



Sunday, September 16 -- 10 a.m.

Anand speaks on “How Do We Change The World” panel at the Brooklyn Book Festival
Borough Hall Courtroom
209 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn NY 11201

Free and open to the public


Wednesday, September 19 -- 6:15 p.m.

Anand speaks at NeueHouse
110 East 25th Street
New York, NY 10010

Free and open to the public. RSVP here



Thursday, September 20 -- 7:30 p.m.

Anand book talk hosted by Town Hall Seattle

Southside Commons
3518 S Edmunds St
Seattle, WA 98118

Tickets here



Wednesday, September 26 -- 6 p.m.

Anand in conversation with Larissa MacFarquhar, staff writer of The New Yorker

NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute
20 Cooper Square, 7th floor
New York, NY 10003

Free and the open to the public



Wednesday, October 3 -- 7 p.m.

Anand at Book Passage
51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Free and open to the public



Saturday, October 13 -- 3:30 p.m.

Anand speaks at the Boston Book Festival

Free and open to the public




Sunday, October 14 -- 2:15 p.m.

Anand in conversation with Malkia A. Cyril and Jaron Lanier, moderated by Virginia Heffernan

The Commonwealth Club
110 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94105

Open to the public; details to come here


Tuesday, October 16th — 6:30 pm

Anand in conversation with Rob Reich of Stanford PACS

Paul Brest Hall
555 Salvatierra Walk
Stanford , CA 94305

Free and open to the public; register here



Thursday, Oct 18 -- 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Anand speaks at Chicago Ideas

Harris Theater
205 E. Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601

Tickets go on sale September 18



Saturday, October 20 – Sunday, October 21 -- time TBA

Anand speaks at Politicon

Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Tickets here



Wednesday, October 24 -- 8:30 a.m.

Anand speaks at SOCAP conference

Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture
2 Marina Blvd
Landmark Building C, Suite 260
San Francisco, CA

Conference tickets here



Friday, October 26 -- 12:30 p.m.

Anand speaks at the City Club of Cleveland

850 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44114




Thursday, November 1 -- 6 p.m.

Anand speaks on a panel at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, as part of the "Speaking Truth to Power" series

BAM Fisher
321 Ashland Place
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Tickets here



The Elite Charade of

Changing the World

[Forthcoming from Knopf in fall 2018]


An insider’s groundbreaking investigation of how the global elite’s efforts to “change the world” preserve the status quo and obscure their role in causing the problems they later seek to solve.

Former New York Times columnist Anand Giridharadas takes us into the inner sanctums of a new gilded age, where the rich and powerful fight for equality and justice any way they can–except ways that threaten the social order and their position atop it. We see how they rebrand themselves as saviors of the poor; how they lavishly reward “thought leaders” who redefine “change” in winner-friendly ways; and how they constantly seek to do more good, but never less harm. We hear the limousine confessions of a celebrated foundation boss; witness an American president hem and haw about his plutocratic benefactors; and attend a cruise-ship conference where entrepreneurs celebrate their own self-interested magnanimity. 

Giridharadas asks hard questions: Why, for example, should our gravest problems be solved by the unelected upper crust instead of the public institutions it erodes by lobbying and dodging taxes? He also points toward an answer: Rather than rely on scraps from the winners, we must take on the grueling democratic work of building more robust, egalitarian institutions and truly changing the world. A call to action for elites and everyday citizens alike.



“Provocative and passionate . . . This damning portrait of contemporary American philanthropy is a must-read for anyone interested in ‘changing the world.’” —Publishers Weekly (boxed and starred review)

“Anyone following the debate about the role of philanthrocapitalists, corporate foundations or tech billionaires in solving the world’s problems will want to watch for this new book.” —Jena McGregor, The Washington Post

“This is a very difficult subject to tackle, but Giridharadas executes it brilliantly . . . This must-have title will be of great interest to readers, from students to professionals and everyone in-between, interested in solutions to today’s complex problems . . . Winners Take All will be the starting point of conversations private and in groups on alternatives to the status quo and calls to action. An excellent book for troubled times.” Booklist

“In Anand’s thought-provoking book his fresh perspective on solving complex societal problems is admirable. I appreciate his commitment and dedication to spreading social justice.” —Bill Gates

“An insightful and refreshing perspective on some of the most vexing issues this nation confronts. This is an important book from a gifted writer whose honest exploration of complex problems provides urgently needed clarity in an increasingly confusing era.” —Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy

“A trenchant, humane, and often revelatory investigation by one of the wisest nonfiction writers going.” —Katherine Boo, author of Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Winners Take All is the book I have been waiting for—the most important intervention yet regarding elite-driven solutions, a vitally important problem to expose. The book courageously answers so many of the critical questions about how, despite much good will and many good people, we struggle to achieve progress in twenty-first-century America. If you want to be part of the solution, you should read this book.” —Ai-jen Poo, director, National Domestic Workers Alliance
“A brilliant, rising voice of our era takes us on a journey among the global elite in his search for understanding of our tragic disconnect. Thought-provoking, expansive, and timely.” —Isabel Wilkerson, author, The Warmth of Other Suns

Winners Take All boldly exposes one of the great if little-reported scandals of the age of globalization: the domestication of the life of the mind by political and financial power and the substitution of ‘thought leaders’ for critical thinkers. It not only reorients us as we lurch out of a long ideological intoxication; it also embodies the values—intellectual autonomy and dissent—that we need to build a just society.” —Pankaj Mishra, author of Age of Anger

“In this trenchant and timely book, Anand Giridharadas shows how the winners of global capitalism seek to help the losers, but without disturbing the market-friendly arrangements that keep the winners on top. He gives us an incisive critique of corporate-sponsored charities that promote frictionless ‘win-win’ solutions to the world’s problems but disdain the hard, contentious work of democratic politics. An indispensable guide for those perplexed by the rising public anger toward ‘change-making’ elites.” —Michael J. Sandel, author of What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets