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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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    Ken Premo Los Angeles 02-05-13
    Ken Premo Los Angeles 02-05-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Prepare to have your naivety removed"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is an important book to understanding the machinations occuring behind the scandals, bailouts, recessions, unemployment and many other factors widening the gulf between the haves and have-nots. The elimination of the middle-class is characterized as the short-sighted goal of the super-rich and the giant corporations.


    What about Paul Boehmer’s performance did you like?

    Very clear enunciation and pleasant tone add to an upbeat performance, which must be difficult considering the breadth of the material and the potentially disheartening information.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    The book is so engaging that I would have loved to have listened to this book in one sitting, but it is too thorough and lengthy to accomplish that feat. However, the length of the book should not dissuade anyone from reading it.


    Any additional comments?

    Though Stiglitz is not above lashing out at the political right, the financial elite, giant corporations, and military expenditures he provides a depth of facts and examples that support his positions. It is hard to disagree with his position when it is so well illuminated. It will be hard to passively watch the news after reading this book.

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    Peter Lake Bluff, IL, United States 10-29-12
    Peter Lake Bluff, IL, United States 10-29-12
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    "Paul Ryan Should Read This Book"
    If you could sum up The Price of Inequality in three words, what would they be?

    Sobering
    Fact-filled
    Well-argued


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Not applicable. This is a non-fiction book by a Nobel prize-winning economist and former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers in the Clinton administration.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

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    If you could give The Price of Inequality a new subtitle, what would it be?

    If you are already depressed about the state of the American economy and American society, this book isn't going to make you feel any better.


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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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    "Great Book"

    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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    "extraordinary"
    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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    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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    Amanda 01-04-13
    Amanda 01-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    Where does The Price of Inequality rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I enjoyed the book though I didn't agree with some of the ideas and conclusions. It's good to hear intelligent arguments even if I don't agree with them.


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    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    A hybrid perspective


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    David San Jose, CA United States 09-24-12
    David San Jose, CA United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "May be one of the most important books this decade"

    A very gripping description of what research has to say about where we are going as a nation. I was transfixed throughout the narration as I took in all of the data. I can't recommend this too highly.

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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
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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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