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The Price of Inequality Audiobook

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

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. He 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.
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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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    Ben Boston, MA, United States 09-11-12
    Ben Boston, MA, United States 09-11-12 Member Since 2016
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    This is a really thoughtful, well-argued book. You will gain valuable new perspectives on economics and American society from reading it.

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    B|lent OTUZ Istanbul, Turkey 08-27-12
    B|lent OTUZ Istanbul, Turkey 08-27-12 Member Since 2014
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    Where does The Price of Inequality rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is one of the best


    What other book might you compare The Price of Inequality to and why?

    why nations fail


    Have you listened to any of Paul Boehmer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    honest truth about unregulated economy and its dire consequences to society


    Any additional comments?

    pleased to listen to that audiobook on the way to work and back home thank you

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    Me B. Maria Paris 08-26-12
    Me B. Maria Paris 08-26-12

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    "Very interesting! I found it great!"
    What did you love best about The Price of Inequality?

    It is well structured and very clear. I've learned many things about the economics of our time.


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    Lisa Placerville, CA, United States 08-16-12
    Lisa Placerville, CA, United States 08-16-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Like going to school"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have already done so, via social media. I think that everyone should read/hear this work. Those who do not know history being doomed to repeat it, as they say.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    We were listening to the book as we drove through a lot of abject poverty situations and huge tracts of GMO corn and soybeans. It was disturbing, to say the least.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When I wondered whether we are all doomed.


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    Pauly Morefuss 08-05-12
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    If you could sum up The Price of Inequality in three words, what would they be?

    Intelligent. Thorough. Instructive.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Price of Inequality?

    Stiglitz makes complex economic issues understandable. He clearly explains the consequences of America's future if we allow current practices in finance and government policies to prevail.


    What about Paul Boehmer’s performance did you like?

    Excellent pronunciation and pacing.


    Any additional comments?

    Also recommend: "The Shock Doctrine" by Naomi Klein, "Griftopia" by Matt Taibbi, and "Aftershock" by Robert Reich.

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    Max 08-01-12
    Max 08-01-12
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    "Contens everything I wanted to know about"
    What made the experience of listening to The Price of Inequality the most enjoyable?

    Reveals the real facts about inequality and analizes causes, current status and possible future development either if something gets done about or not. The tretment of the theme provided me with a reasonable criteria.


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    Sam Motes Tampa 02-25-13
    Sam Motes Tampa 02-25-13 Listener Since 2009
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    "Economy for the 1% by the 1%"

    Economy for the 1%, by the 1% and of the 1% pretty much explains The Price of Inequality. Stiglitz's talks about how the policies since pre-Reagan have kept the 1% fully in control and that even though they felt the downturns in the economy they were protected by total devastation that many incurred. The author's discussion of the failing student load program that impoverishes new job seekers who are entering an economy with fewer jobs due to automation and off shoring was eye opening.

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    SERGIO Chapingo, Texcoco, Mexico 02-01-13
    SERGIO Chapingo, Texcoco, Mexico 02-01-13 Member Since 2013

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    "An outstanding book"
    What made the experience of listening to The Price of Inequality the most enjoyable?

    The subject, inequality in the U.S., is treated in a simple, informed, and elegant way. Dr. Stiglitz is able to provide an excellent argument of the many ways in which government and businesses transfer wealth from the low and middle earners to the top ones. It defies the mainstream concepts and explains why markets do not work well. In addition, it provides useful suggestions on how to reduce the inequality. The narration by Paul Boehmer is superb.


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    S Willow Beach, ON, Canada 07-30-12
    S Willow Beach, ON, Canada 07-30-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Well researched . . . well presented"

    I never studied economics - and was not aware of most of the content of this book. It is "heavy" and important to be aware . . . especially in this election year!! Heads up - Americans - "read" this and go to the polls!!! (and make sure your friends do too!)

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