"Matthew Stewart’s new book is a captivating account of how America got into our current plight of extreme inequality and why that should concern all of us—especially those of us in the top 9.9 percent. It closes with some suggestions about what we might do about it, which alone should make the book must reading in the Biden White House."
– Robert D. Putnam, author of Bowling Alone and Our Kids
"A charged study of the second-tier wealthy in America, the principal engine of inequality. . . . A sharp-tongued, altogether readable, and welcome assault on unrestrained wealth."
– Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"The 9.9 Percent is a bracing and necessary read. Matthew Stewart does not pull his punches, making clear that the inequality and social stagnation plaguing the United States cannot be blamed on the billionaires. The ideology of meritocracy has been perverted to support a growing aristocracy, even as many of us passionately profess our commitment to universal equal opportunity. Highly recommended."
– Anne-Marie Slaughter, CEO, New America
"A rip-roaring argument against oblivious privilege. Stewart is an agile, witty writer with philosophical gifts. He can make you laugh while you make better sense of America."
– Alissa Quart, author of Squeezed: Why Our Families Can’t Afford America, Executive Director, Economic Hardship Reporting Project
"Like the ancient curse of Midas, today’s extreme inequality poisons even those it privileges, as Matthew Stewart reveals in this urgent and convincing book. It’s not just the plutocrats who are ruining lives; it’s all of us who enable the toxic myth that our society is a meritocracy and who engage in practices we fail to recognize as ruinous. To understand how your life got so harried and your country so cruel, read this book."
– Nancy MacLean, author of Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America
"At a time when there is much focus on billionaires—the top 0.1 percent of American households—Matthew Stewart's book The 9.9 Percent provides us with a welcome, in-depth look at another vitally important group. . . . This important, often gripping book gives us a much-needed analysis of a powerful group, the 9.9 percent, that is too often overlooked as it plays a pivotal role in shaping—and mis-shaping—21st century America."
– Steven Greenhouse, author of Beaten Down, Worked Up: The Past, Present, and Future of American Labor