economics | February 16, 2021

Out Now—Heather McGhee’s The Sum of Us “is a book we all need.”

The Sum of Us is a must read for everyone who wants to understand how we got here, but more importantly, where we can go from here—and how we get there, together,” says Alicia Garza, author of The Purpose of Power and co-founder of Black Lives Matter. In talks based on her highly anticipated book, economics and public policy expert Heather McGhee has crafted a blueprint for not only a more prosperous country, but also a more just, powerful, and humane one. 

More advanced praise for McGhee’s newly released book comes from #1 New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert: “The Sum of Us is a powerhouse of a book about the deep, enduring, cross-cultural, multi-generational, and real-life cost of racist policy-making in the United States. With intelligence and care (as well as with a trove of sometimes heart-breaking and sometimes heart-opening true stories) Heather McGhee shows us what racism has cost all of us, as a society. And that cost has been brutally high, across the board. This is a book for every American, and I am grateful for McGhee’s research, her humanity, and her never-more-important teachings.”


As well as Supermajority co-founder and former Planned Parenthood president Cécile Richards: “What would it be like to live in an America where we embraced diversity as our superpower? Heather McGhee’s The Sum of Us challenges readers to imagine a country where we are more than the sum of our disparate parts. Through the stories of fast food workers in Missouri, community organizers in Maine, and more, McGhee illustrates the power and necessity of multi-racial organizing. Hopeful, inspiring, and timely, The Sum of Us makes the case for the radical notion that ‘we the people’ means all of us.”


The Sum of Us is out today and available wherever books are sold. To learn more about booking Heather McGhee for a speaking engagement, contact The Lavin Agency


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