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The Givers


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An inside look at the secretive world of elite philanthropists--and how they're quietly wielding ever more power to shape American life in ways both good and bad.

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DAVID CALLAHAN is the author of seven previous nonfiction books including The Cheating Culture- Why More Americans Are Doing Wrong to Get Ahead and Fortunes of Change- The Rise of the Liberal Rich and the Remaking America. He is founder and editor of the media site Inside Philanthropy, and co-founder of the national think tank Demos. His writing has appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post, and he is a frequent media commentator. He is a graduate of Hampshire College and holds a Ph.D. in politics from Princeton University.

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"David Callahan has performed a public service by assembling a striking body of information on a fundamental aspect of 21st-century America." --Robert G. Kaiser, The Washington Post

"Callahan offers a peek inside a rarefied, poorly understood world with ever greater power to remake the broader world." --Michelle Cottle, The New York Times Book Review "A convincing argument. . . . Callahan is intimately familiar with today's living donors and how they are spending their money, and his book is replete with examples of philanthropists that are upending the democratic process." --Alana Semuels, The Atlantic "[A] fascinating look into perhaps one of the least understood trends in the public square." --Dan Kaplan, Booklist (Starred Review) "An intriguing look at the world of big-ticket philanthropy. . . . An eye-opening view of a vast sector of the economy that lies in the shadows but has undue influence, for ill or good." --Kirkus

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