Renowned researchers Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett offer groundbreaking analysis showing that greater economic equality-not greater wealth-is the mark of the most successful societies, and offer new ways to achieve it.
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"Wilkinson and Pickett make an eloquent case that the income gap between a nation's richest and poorest is the most powerful indicator of a functioning and healthy society. . . . Felicitous prose and fascinating findings make this essential [listening]." (Publishers Weekly)
The Spirit Level is one of those rare examples of social science being science. There are centuries of theoretical discussions about how best to allocate wealth, but this book actually provides data. The authors do their best to keep it entertaining, but it is occasionally demanding on the reader. Downloading the pdf file is a must to understanding the book. I hope the Spirit Level is read by every policy maker in the world.
I feel like this book singlehandedly rewired my perception of key aspects of modern civilization. In addition to handing me a powerful new lens through which to examine the roots of social problems, I think The Spirit Level can practically serve as a type of self-help manual for seeing how not to fall into the miserable traps inequality sets for us as individuals. This book was seriously brilliant. Should be considered a must-read - ack - I mean listen - for anybody who's curious about how human societies work.
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