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  • The Sum of Us

  • What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together
  • By: Heather McGhee
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  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
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What would make a society drain its public swimming baths and fill them with concrete rather than opening them to everyone? Economics researcher Heather McGhee sets out across America to learn why white voters so often act against their own interests. Why do they block changes that would help them, and even destroy their own advantages, whenever people of colour also stand to benefit?

Their tragedy is that they believe they can't win unless somebody else loses. But this is a lie. McGhee marshals overwhelming economic evidence, and a profound well of empathy, to reveal the surprising truth: even racists lose out under white supremacy.

And US racism is everybody's problem. As McGhee shows, it was bigoted lending policies that laid the ground for the 2008 financial crisis. There can be little prospect of tackling global climate change until America's zero-sum delusions are defeated. The Sum of Us offers a priceless insight into the workings of prejudice, and a timely invitation to solidarity among all humans, 'to piece together a new story of who we could be to one another'.

©2021 Heather McGhee (P)2021 Hachette Audio UK

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Well Researched, Written & Presented

An eye opening discussion on how what should a great country is a failed state. A truly great book!

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My favourite read of 2021 Compelling

Mrs McGee makes a very compelling argument that racism fundamentally effects not just the targets of racism- people of colour in the US historically - but those like middle or lower class whites. Fascinating and changed my perspective in a forceful but entertaining way