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The Human Advantage
The Future of American Work in an Age of Smart Machines
By (author): Jay W. Richards
9780451496171 Paperback, Trade English BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Free Enterprise & Capitalism Jan 02, 2080
$22.00 CAD
Cancelled 5.19 x 8 in 272 pages 3 CHARTS Crown Forum
Bestselling author, economist, and Fox News regular Jay W. Richards makes the definitive case for how the free market and individual responsibility can save the American Dream in an age of automation and mass disruption.

For two and a half centuries, America has been held together by the belief that if you work hard and conduct yourself responsibly in this country, you will be able to prosper and leave a better life for your children. But over the past decade, that idea has come into crisis. A recession, the mass outsourcing of stable jobs, and a coming wave of automation that will replace millions of blue- and white-collar jobs alike have left many people worried that the game is rigged and that our best days are behind us.

In this story-driven manifesto on the future of American work, Jay Richards argues that such thinking is counterproductive—making us more fragile, more dependent, and less equipped to succeed in a rapidly changing economy. If we’re going to survive, we need a new model for how ordinary people can thrive in this age of mass disruption. Richards pulls back the curtain on what’s really happening in our economy, dispatching myths about capitalism, greed, and upward mobility. And he tells the stories of how real individuals have begun to rebuild a culture of virtue, capitalizing on the skills that are most uniquely human: creativity, resilience, and empathy for the needs of others.

Destined to take its place alongside classics like Economics in One Lesson, The Human Advantage is the essential book for understanding the future of American work, and how each of us can make this era of staggering change work on our behalf.

TIMELY MESSAGE: Richards is writing about the central issue that caused the resentment that fueled Donald Trump’s rise—an issue that will only pick up pace in the future. Conservatives are worried that the ideas they hold most dear (free-market economics, limited government, individual achievement) are falling out of vogue, but Richards shows how these core principles can survive the disruptions of our moment.

EWTN SHOW: Jay is the host of EWTN’s new show A Force for Good, which looks at entrepreneurs and businesses who are leaving a positive mark on the world. The show’s first full season airs in Fall 2017, with the second season to be announced.

MEDIA POTENTIAL: Richards’s writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Forbes, National Review, and The Harvard Business Review, and he has appeared on many TV and radio programs, including Larry King Live, CBS Evening News, Fox and Friends, Glenn Beck TV, PBS, and The Michael Medved Show. Richards’s timely, urgent message in this book should provide for lively discussion in these outlets around on-sale.

LONG TAIL: As Crown Forum saw with the publication of Charles Murray’s Coming Apart, when a big-idea book catches on with a conservative-leaning audience, it can sell for years on word-of-mouth, speaking opportunities, and course adoption at universities and private colleges. Richards maintains an active speaking schedule at universities, conferences, and major policy groups like AEI and the Cato Institute.

JAY W. RICHARDS, Ph.D., is a professor in the School of Business and Economics at The Catholic University of America, a Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute, the executive editor of The Stream, and the host of EWTN’s upcoming TV show A Force for Good. He is the author of many books including the New York Times bestsellers Infiltrated (2013) and, with coauthor James Robison, Indivisible (2012). He is also the author of Money, Greed, and God, winner of a 2010 Templeton Enterprise Award. He has a Ph.D., with honors, in philosophy and theology from Princeton Theological Seminary.

Author Residence: Washington, DC

“The blistering pace of technological change has left many Americans uncertain about their place in the 21st-century economy. But as Jay Richards wisely reminds us, no machine will ever be able to replicate what makes us truly human: Our creativity, and our virtue. The Human Advantage masterfully demonstrates that we need not fear the future, and that a life of happiness still awaits those with the courage to pursue it.”
 -Arthur C. Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute
 
“Boldly upends what Richards calls ’the greatest delusion of our age…the paradoxical penchant to deny our own agency while attributing agency to the machines we create.’ Richards commands all the wisdom of Michael Novak and transcends it with a Renaissance range of mastery of the sciences and an infectious genius for storytelling.”
-George Gilder, bestselling author of Wealth and Poverty
 
“Jay Richards brings an agile pen and a synthetical mind to the task of outlining and defending the basis of human flourishing in this new age of Smart Machines. In The Human Advantage, Richards gives us a concise history of revolutions in human work, from prehistory to the present, and how they have changed our world and our lives. He addresses the latest economic and moral challenges and opportunities presented to us by the rise of thinking machines. The way forward he charts is firmly grounded in the unique dignity, strength, and destiny that make us truly human.”
-Rev. Robert Sirico, president of the Acton Institute

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