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Publisher's Summary

Andy Stern, the former president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), spent four years traveling the country and asking economists, futurists, labor leaders, CEOs, investment bankers, entrepreneurs, and political leaders to help envision the US economy 25 to 30 years from now. He vividly reports on people who are analyzing and creating this new economy - such as investment banker Steve Berkenfeld; David Cote, the CEO of Honeywell International; and Andy Grove of Intel.
Through these stories, we come to a stark and deeper understanding of the toll technological progress will continue to take on jobs and income and its inevitable effect on tens of millions of people. But there is hope for our economy and future. The foundation of economic prosperity for all Americans, Stern believes, is a universal basic income. The idea of a universal basic income for all Americans is controversial, but American attitudes are shifting. Stern has been a game changer throughout his career, and his next goal is to create a movement that will force the political establishment to take action against something that many on both the right and the left believe is inevitable.
©2016 Andy Stern (P)2017 Tantor
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Critic Reviews

"[Stern] does a solid job of making his case without waxing too wild-eyed...This is a book eminently worth talking about." (Kirkus)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Dean Sawyer on 12-21-17

Narrator should find another job.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Change the narrator.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Couldn't get to the end.

Would you be willing to try another one of Chris Sorensen’s performances?

Yes. If another narrator.

Do you think Raising the Floor needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Don't know I couldn't get through it.

Any additional comments?

This narrator is extremely distracting, to the point that I couldn't even concentrate on the material presented. He sounds like a robot. Every sentence is read like it is the ultimate statement of the entire book, and also ends with drawing out last word. He excessively over-articulates. Very annoying!!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Stephan Nobs on 09-23-17

Fantastic book, content. Well researched. All.

Would you listen to Raising the Floor again? Why?

Yes, however, the speaker/reader was really difficult to listen to. too pathetic, so much emphasis on his own performance that it takes away from the book. Reader should not be an artist/performance but the bridge to the listener. And, automatically, you associate the reader to the author to some degree. And I cannot imagine that Andy Stern wants to be associated with this voice/reader...

What other book might you compare Raising the Floor to and why?

Post Capitalism by Paul Mason. Although coming from a very different angle there are interesting parallels.

Did Chris Sorensen do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

No. Didn't like his voice at all!

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