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* Born on Third Base by Chuck Collins

I found Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good to be a very strange book. Its author was born with a trust fund but gave it all away as a young man. The first part of the book, in which he describes the many hidden advantages of wealth, from connections to financial capital, and how government programs protect the wealthy through tax advantages for mortgages and especially charitable contribution, is excellent. He also makes a wonderful appeal to the wealthy to interact on a personal level with the 99%.

After that, the book lost me. He somehow wants to include climate change, sustainable agriculture, and small businesses in the equation,  and the connections don’t quite work. I suppose you could start reading mid-way through.

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