David Callahan at the University Club of Chicago

David Callahan will join us at the University Club of Chicago to discuss his book, THE GIVERS, an inside look at the secretive world of elite philanthropists–and how they’re quietly wielding ever more power to shape American life in ways both good and bad.

While media attention focuses on famous philanthropists such as Bill Gates and Charles Koch, thousands of donors are at work below the radar promoting a wide range of causes. David Callahan charts the rise of these new power players and the ways they are converting the fortunes of a second Gilded Age into influence. He shows how this elite works behind the scenes on education, the environment, science, LGBT rights, and many other issues–with deep impact on government policy. Above all, he shows that the influence of the Givers is only just beginning, as new waves of billionaires like Mark Zuckerberg turn to philanthropy. Based on extensive research and interviews with countless donors and policy experts, this is not a brief for or against the Givers, but a fascinating investigation of a power shift in American society that has implications for us all.

David Callahan is the author of seven previous nonfiction books including "The Cheating Culture: Why More Americans Are Doing Wrong to Get Ahead" and "Fortunes of Change: The Rise of the Liberal Rich and the Remaking America". He is founder and editor of the media site Inside Philanthropy, and co-founder of the national think tank Demos.

Please call The Book Stall at 847-446-8880 to make your reservation (please note that the dress code for this event is business casual; denim is not permitted).

Event date: 

Monday, June 12, 2017 - 12:00pm

Event address: 

University Club of Chicago
76 E. Monroe St.
Chicago, IL 60603
The Givers: Wealth, Power, and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9781101947050
Availability: On Our Shelves Now....best to call before coming in to pick up.
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - April 11th, 2017

An inside look at the secretive world of elite philanthropists--and how they're quietly wielding ever more power to shape American life in ways both good and bad.