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The Price of Inequality Audiobook

The Price of Inequality: How Today's Divided Society Endangers Our Future

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The top 1 percent of Americans control 40 percent of the nation's wealth. And, as Joseph E. Stiglitz explains, while those at the top enjoy the best health care, education, and benefits of wealth, they fail to realize that "their fate is bound up with how the other 99 percent live."

Stiglitz draws on his deep understanding of economics to show that growing inequality is not inevitable: moneyed interests compound their wealth by stifling true, dynamic capitalism. They have made America the most unequal advanced industrial country while crippling growth, trampling on the rule of law, and undermining democracy. The result: a divided society that cannot tackle its most pressing problems. With characteristic insight, Stiglitz examines our current state, then teases out its implications for democracy, for monetary and budgetary policy, and for globalization. He closes with a plan for a more just and prosperous future.

©2012 Joseph E. Stiglitz (P)2012 Tantor

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    C. Spencer New Jersey 08-29-12
    C. Spencer New Jersey 08-29-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Great!"

    This is an outstanding explanation of the changes that have been occurring in the US, resulting in a widening gap between the very wealthy and the rest of us. Stiglitz spares neither Republicans or Democrats in explaining how our whole system has been increasingly overtaken by moneyed interests, and accordingly warped to serve their interests. If you are interested in the fate of our democracy and are concerned about the direction of the country, especially in the last couple of decades, this is a must read!

    6 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Fabio 07-02-12
    Fabio 07-02-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Simple and smart"

    As an Economics student I must say that most of the authors in economics try to say simple things in a hard way, specially is they are neo-liberal ones.

    Stiglitz makes an amazing argument and explains step by step.

    This book made me structure much better my own thinking of equality and the role of government in our society.

    6 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    RODNEY K. 08-04-12
    RODNEY K. 08-04-12 Member Since 2015
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    "NO SUBSTANCE"
    What would have made The Price of Inequality better?

    I AGREE WITH THE LIBERAL OBSERVATIONS, BUT EXPECTED AN EMINENT PROFESSOR WOULD WRITE WITH MORE SUBSTANCE THAN A TIME MAGAZINE JOURNALIST.


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    Rhodell G. Fields Wash.DC 03-03-16
    Rhodell G. Fields Wash.DC 03-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Required Reading"

    This book is an illuminating foray into the failings of our current political and economic systems. Presented in clear and cogent writing, it is spellbinding. Insightful identification of the problems and commonsensical solutions to eradicate them. Explains the current Trump phenomenon, where some of the 99% have finally discovered that they have been played. However because of racism, nativism, and ignorance, have misdirected their anger at the wrong people!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sandy Martin Spokane Valley, WA, US 12-08-15
    Sandy Martin Spokane Valley, WA, US 12-08-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent! Enlightening! Maddening."

    Excellent narrative on the chasm between those few at the top and the million struggling to get by. His facts grab you - leading you to learn more.

    For the general person working day to day, its hard to think...to even imagine that we are simply playthings being manipulated for the pure greed and enjoyment of a group of billionaires and mega-corporations.

    Everyone needs to read this and get inspired..get mad. Then do something. Even if only to vote.

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    Dani Smith 08-25-15
    Dani Smith 08-25-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Thorough analysis, easy to follow"

    This is a critical analysis of the problems with our nation's economy and government, showing how both the free market and the government controls are failing the Vast majority of Americans (and because of globalization, many in other countries). Its conclusions are probably only obvious to US liberals, but as one I got a lot of great sources of studies to support that position.
    It is biased, of course, but he also points out a lot that I think the Right would agree with - that rent seeking behavior, and policies that support it, are huge burdens on our economy. The conclusion of the need for eliminating rent seeking by taxation on those practices and closing loopholes in our tax code is probably not universal, but it's sound and he supports it well. Maybe audiobooks omit citations because of narrative flow, but I would have liked more links to specific studies.

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    James San Antonio, TX United States 06-04-15
    James San Antonio, TX United States 06-04-15

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    "Wow a real eye opener"

    Always leaned center right but Damn this is a mess we must fix both parties should be ashamed

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    Patrick Mabry, Jr. 10-08-14 Member Since 2015

    An educator and senior who listens to his books from his phone through his hearing aids.

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    "Fpr all, but the Rent Seeking"

    The Price of Inequality by Nobel Prize winner, Joseph E. Stiglitz is by far the best book on Economics that I have read. His arguments will not be embraced by the free market advocates, but to those with an open mind and some social conscience his explanations of the issues at play in our country will resonate. His illustration of how the very rich are able to use many rent seeking devices to redirect wealth to themselves is very clear and hard to refute. His speculation of where the American economy is heading is alarming. I think his book ought to be mandatory reading for all undergraduate economics students.

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    Cliff Garland, TX, USA 11-01-13
    Cliff Garland, TX, USA 11-01-13 Member Since 2003
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    "More Uncompromised Attitudes"
    What disappointed you about The Price of Inequality?

    While I support the overall view of the book, I found the absolutes and many examples of stretching the facts disappointing. There are enough facts to make the case for closing the economic gaps that create inequality and you will find those in this book. However, the simple facts must not have dramatic enough for Stiglitz. This book will fan the flames of the far right and give them more reasons to do the same with their own slanted interpretations of facts and partial truths. It certainly will not help them understand and is not likely to move a person in the center to agree. It will simply cause those of a common attitude to dig in deeper thus further preventing us from reaching resolution.


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    Tim batavia, OH, United States 05-04-13
    Tim batavia, OH, United States 05-04-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Naive, but well intentioned"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The performance of the reader is great, it's the actual content that ruins it for me. I understand why he writes what he does, and am ok with what he believes but there is nothing new or exciting in his ideas or explanations


    What could Joseph E. Stiglitz have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Realize that the problem is the Human condition, all of his "solutions" ignore this fact, I feel as if he has a very naive and unrealistic view of people. He assumes that people wont take advantage of every situation they can. I believe there is a very small portion of the population that is altruistic, but the true 99% are the amount of people who will look after themselves 1st and foremost.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes, I enjoy the diversity of his thinking from mine, and find that I agree with most every problem he conveys, I just disagree with almost all of his solutions.


    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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