Everything Is Broken Up and Dances
The Crushing of the Middle Class
by Edoardo Nesi; Guido Maria Brera
Pub Date 27 Mar 2018
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Just a handful of years into the new millennium, globalization has had a profound impact on economies and societies throughout Europe and America. In this accessible yet literary work, Edoardo Nesi and Guido Maria Brera illustrate its effects in Italy through the changes that occurred in their own lives: while the former was forced to sell the textile company his grandfather founded before World War II, the latter became one of the key figures in European asset management.
Between Bill Clinton's remarks at the Lincoln Memorial on December 31, 1999 that closed the American Century, and Donald Trump's inauguration speech, economics and finance stopped functioning as instruments constructing a healthy society and became weapons to destroy the middle class. As demagogues seduce citizens of nations across the globe, Everything Is Broken Up and Dances tells the critical story of how we corrupted what we might in retrospect call "the best of all possible worlds"--a world without banking crises, unemployment, terrorism, and populism, in which it was impossible to think that a state might default on its debt.
“That we exchanged one of the world’s crown jewels—the Italian textile industry—for cheap, unimaginative fast fashion is a crime and a tragedy. You’ll believe this more than ever after reading this agonizingly beautiful book on globalization.” —Elizabeth L. Cline, author of Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion
“If you only do one thing this year—read this book. It will make you laugh, cry, and give you a pretty good perspective on what happened to all of us in the last fifty years. We should all have an Edoardo and Guido in our lives.” —Livia Firth, Founder and Creative Director of Eco-Age Ltd. and Oxfam Global Ambassador
“I absolutely love this book. For anyone searching to better understand our world, this is a roadmap of how we got here and what it means for each and every one of us moving forward. Great wit and chilling insight—could not put it down.” —Andrew Morgan, director of The True Cost
Praise for Story of My People:
“A short memoir of great charm, for all its sadness a pleasure to read…Nesi’s sense of loss will touch hearts much farther afield, wherever the West’s world-class industries have fallen to free trade and the Internet.” —New York Times
“A gracefully nostalgic memoir…Edoardo Nesi has mined his own memories, and thus touches ours.” —Financial Times