Audience:General / adult
Dimensions:7.99in x 5.19 x 0.56 in | 0.42 lb
Page Count:272 pages
EXCELLENT COVERAGE: The hardcover was widely covered, with reviews in The New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times Book Review (cover), and with interviews on MSNBC’s Morning Joe and Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, among others.
TIMELY: As the midterms approach and 2020 election buzz begins, readers will be looking for a new and progressive path forward. Lowrey provides an answer, and the book could help spark UBI conversations as grassroots candidates continue to gain support.
URGENT: Millions will lose their jobs to automation in the next decade or two, and the election helped shine a light on white working-class towns and the future of American industry. We need to start preparing now to support our country’s underemployed workforce.
DIVERSE READERSHIP: UBI has become the darling of leftists, conservatives, and libertarians alike. It’s one of the few issues today that people across the political spectrum can rally around.
“Lowrey, a journalist who covers economic policy for The Atlantic, musters considerable research to make the case for a universal basic income— a government-funded cash handout for all.”
—New York Times Book Review
“Lowrey is a policy person. She is interested in working from the concept down…. Her conscientiously reported book assesses the widespread effects that money and a bit of hope could buy.”
—The New Yorker
“Like UBI, the book is ambitious, and it presents a strong case for cash aid.”
“Annie Lowery has given basic income a wonderful upgrade…[bringing] first-hand accounts of struggling workers all over the world…. A must-read as basic income becomes a more mainstream idea.”
“A lively introduction to a seemingly quixotic concept that has attracted thinkers from John Stuart Mill to Martin Luther King Jr., and that continues to provoke.”
“Wide-ranging, grounded in examples of UBI in action, “Give People Money” is also notably clear-eyed.”
“Send everyone a monthly check? Eliminate all welfare bureaucracies? Even if you don’t believe that technology reduces the total number of jobs, the idea of a universal basic income is worth analyzing. In this provocative book, Annie Lowrey explores the history, practicality, and philosophical basis of an idea now drawing attention from all points on the political spectrum.”
—Walter Isaacson, author of Leonardo da Vinci and Steve Jobs
“Like it or hate it, the UBI is the biggest social policy idea of the 21st century so far. Annie Lowrey’s book is the best study yet of the world’s experiences with UBI. It deserves acclaim and, more important, the close attention of policy makers.”
—Lawrence H. Summers, former Treasury Secretary of the United States
“Give People Money is extraordinary, and the world has never needed it more. Annie Lowrey has a talent for making radical ideas feel not just possible—but necessary. This is a book that could change everything.”
—Jessica Valenti, author of Sex Objects: A Memoir
“Give People Money is about Universal Basic Income in the way that Moby Dick is about a whale. If you want to learn about UBI, read this book. If you don’t care about UBI, but you’re interested in how technology is changing our economy, how the character of work is transforming, what poverty looks like in the US and globally, and how governments might more ably aid their citizens, then you really must read this book.”
—Shamus Khan, Columbia University, author of Privilege
“A fantastic introduction to UBI that’s both thorough and accessible.”
—Albert Wenger, Union Square Ventures
“A useful primer on a highly contentious topic.”
“Lowrey… maintains that just like on The Jetsons and Star Trek, we now have the technology to manipulate and redistribute money. Perhaps it’s time to consider a move toward a cashless, and hopefully more equitable, global society.”