Magazine September 10, 2018, Issue

Two Guys from Queens

Steven Brill (Image via Twitter)
Tailspin: The People and Forces behind America’s Fifty-Year Fall — and Those Fighting to Reverse It, by Steven Brill (Knopf, 464 pp., $28.95)

Steven Brill, the Yale grad, lawyer, journalist, and entrepreneur, seems to have begun writing his latest book at about the same time that Donald Trump began running his presidential campaign on roughly similar themes. Both are concerned with the growth of inequality over the past half century. There are three axial themes associated with this trend: globalization, immigration, and the new technology of Silicon Valley and Seattle. 

Brill and Trump, both roughly 70-year-old natives of Queens, N.Y., have a good deal to say about globalization. And both are horrified by the condition of Gotham’s infrastructure. According to the New York Times, “Brill

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Fred SiegelMr. Siegel is a contributing editor to the Manhattan Institute’s City Journal and a scholar in residence at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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