Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism (A FAN Program with Anne Case, Ph.D. and Angus Deaton, Ph.D.)

We are so happy to support Family Action Network (FAN) as they welcome Anne Case, Ph.D. and Angus Deaton, Ph.D., co-authors of the 2020 book, Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism. Case and Deaton will be interviewed by David Leonhardt. This virtual event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Click HERE to reserve your spot!

This event will be recorded and available later on the FAN website and YouTube channel.

AFTER-HOURS EVENT: Attendees who purchase a copy of Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism from The Book Stall are invited to attend an AFTER-HOURS event hosted by Case and Deaton that will start immediately after the webinar. The link to register for the AFTER-HOURS program will appear in red font at the top of an email from The Book Stall. Look for it right after your receipt arrives!

About the Book:  Life expectancy in the United States has recently fallen for several years in a row—a reversal not seen since 1918 or in any other wealthy nation in modern times. In the past two decades, “deaths of despair” from suicide, drug overdose, and alcoholism have risen dramatically, and now claim hundreds of thousands of American lives each year—and they’re still rising. Princeton economists Anne Case, Ph.D. and Nobel Prize-winner Angus Deaton, Ph.D., known for first sounding the alarm about deaths of despair, explain the overwhelming surge in these deaths and shed light on the social and economic forces that are making life harder for the working class. Their New York Times bestselling book Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism paints a troubling portrait of the American dream in decline.

For the white working class, today’s America has become a land of broken families and few prospects. As the college educated become healthier and wealthier, adults without a degree are literally dying from pain and despair.

About the Authors: Anne Case, Ph.D. is the Alexander Stewart 1886 Professor of Economics and Public Affairs Emeritus at Princeton University. Angus Deaton, Ph.D., winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in economics, is the Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of Economics and International Affairs Emeritus at Princeton University and Presidential Professor of Economics at the University of Southern California.

About the Interviewer: David Leonhardt is a senior writer for The New York Times, where he writes The Morning, The Times’s flagship daily newsletter. He has worked at The Times since 1999 and has previously been an Op-Ed columnist, Washington bureau chief, Magazine staff writer, co-host of The Argument podcast and founding editor of The Upshot section. He also led a strategy group that helped Times leadership shape the newsroom’s digital future. Leonhardt has received the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for commentary. 

Event date: 

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Event address: 

Online Zoom webinar!
Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism By Anne Case, Angus Deaton Cover Image
ISBN: 9780691217079
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: Princeton University Press - March 2nd, 2021

A New York Times Bestseller
A Wall Street Journal Bestseller
A New York Times Notable Book of 2020
A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice
Shortlisted for the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year
A New Statesman Book to Read