The Nonsense Factory Is Available For Pre-Order (release: May 14, 2019)
Does America’s legal system work as advertised? Does it work at all?
In The Nonsense Factory, Bruce argues that the entire legal factory—from law schools, to judges, bureaucracies, police, and the presidency—is falling apart, for two straightforward reasons: the system likes to make rules more than it likes to follow them, and none of its workers understand each other particularly well. The results are chaos, expense, frustration and injustice.
A sweeping survey of the entire system, backed by deep research and a keen sense of law’s absurdity (informed by Bruce’s own career as a lawyer and client), The Nonsense Factory is an indictment of the vast machinery of injustice that governs Americans. Bruce shows how tragedies like police abuse, prosecutorial misconduct, and an inert Congress are the consequences of a legal system that becomes weaker as it expands, and one that has forgotten its basic purposes.
For anyone frustrated or perplexed by law’s insanities—for example, that the main drivers of legal costs are legal ethics or that the Supreme Court spent months debating whether a fish is a “document”—The Nonsense Factory offers a clear, comprehensive summary of our state of legal absurdity.
A Generation of Sociopaths (2017)
What happens when society is run by sociopaths?
That’s the question A Generation of Sociopaths answers, analyzing the experiences, behaviors and politics of the Baby Boomers - for decades, the largest and most influential generation in America. The Boomers’ grip on power, which has lasted more than thirty years and will last for at least another half decade, not only coincided with - but caused - a series of profound disappointments: slowing economic growth, decelerating innovation, tremendous fiscal imbalances, serial financial and political scandals, environmental degradation, a toxic legacy of debt, and a surprising lack of progress on a range of social issues from income inequality to social justice. Boomer power over society, as the largest voting bloc for decades and as a majority of the nation’s legislators since the 1990s, has been near-total, and ruthlessly devoted to the promotion of the Boomers’ short-sighted self-interest.
The book dispels conventional notions of the Boomers as a progressive generation and reveals them for what they truly are: a generation relentlessly devoted to their own enrichment at the cost of their country and children. From the tangled history of Vietnam to bipartisan policy failures from 1980s to the present, from unprecedented imprisonment to improvident tax cuts (passed by Republicans and Democrats alike), the book looks beyond conventional political explanations of Red vs. Blue, to the real dynamic of Old vs. Young, and tells the story of a powerful generation grabbing national wealth while leaving subsequent generations with the bill.
Bruce Gibney is a writer and venture capitalist, and (once upon a time), a litigator. His first, A Generation of Sociopaths (2017), examined American stagnation under Baby Boomer politics, while his forthcoming book, The Nonsense Factory (May 2019) explores the incoherence of America’s increasingly-creaky legal system. Bruce is also the author of What Happened To The Future, an influential essay about the origins of America’s technological stagnation. He has worked at a hedge fund and as a partner at one of Silicon Valley’s leading venture firms, Founders Fund. His personal and fund investments include early stakes in PayPal, Lyft, SpaceX, AirBnB, DeepMind (which created the first software to beat a human master at Go), and others.
For more information about Bruce and his publisher, please visit Hachette.
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Gibney has a wry, amusing style … and plenty of well parsed statistics to back him up…. Read A Generation of Sociopaths and hope for the best.
- Jane Smiley, The Guardian
Remarkable .... Impressively weighted with hard numbers and specifics, the volume serves as both an indictment of and rebuttal to a Woodstock Generation that has gleefully celebrated themselves for decades while gradually running the country into the ground ... Gibney paints a persuasive and frequently hilarious portrait of the Me Generation.
- Men's Journal
Informative, provocative, and entertaining.
A Generation of Sociopaths is a polemic, but what a polemic: filled with data, rich in anecdote, deadly serious yet wickedly funny.
- Alexandra Wolfe, author of Valley of the Gods
The Nonsense Factory is available for preorder (publication date: May 14, 2019)
A Generation Of Sociopaths is available now.
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