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THE MERITOCRACY TRAP How America's Foundational Myth Feeds Inequality, Dismantles the Middle Class, and Devours the Elite

by | Read by Fred Sanders

Contemporary Culture • 14.25 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2019

Markovits challenges the U.S.'s self-proclaimed meritocratic system and argues that it is a false system that only reinforces inequality through resource- and opportunity-hoarding among the elite. Fred Sanders narrates the audiobook in a deliberate style that can be helpful, particularly when Markovits explains the mechanisms that prevent an equal system of opportunity based upon skills: the harvesting of wealth without work by elites, private and prestigious education inaccessible to most people, and networks of influence in work that limit people's opportunities. Sanders's delivery has a staccato intonation that wears on listeners. Yet, with his deep pitch, slightly raspy timbre, and overall genial tone, he keeps people listening while Markovits's prose keeps them engaged. L.E. © AudioFile 2020, Portland, Maine [Published: FEBRUARY 2020]

Trade Ed. • Penguin Audio • 2019

DD ISBN 9780593107461 $22.50

 

Library Ed. • Books on Tape • 2019

DD ISBN 9780593107478 $95.00

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