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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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    A Barton 08-12-17
    A Barton 08-12-17 Member Since 2014
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    "A lot of conjectures and divisive language."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This is an important subject, but the author sticks to divisive language and mentions facts that aren't revealed in the text. His approach further divides people on the subject rather tan creating understanding. Clearly the author has a goal, and point of view, but not a scientific approach.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Joseph E. Stiglitz again?

    No.


    What three words best describe Paul Boehmer’s performance?

    It was OK.


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

    Not really. It was hard to keep going. I had to restart 4 or 5 times. He just kept saying the same thing over again, without supporting his arguments.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are interested in learning more about social inequality, this book is a waste of time.

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    A. A. 06-20-17
    A. A. 06-20-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Narration, Great book, even better writer"

    Stieglitz is one of my favorite writers/economists. His intentional simplicity often cuts through the seemingly deep economical concepts and explains the world in the most basic way possible without losing sight of the overarching point that he's trying to make. Narration was good too!

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    N. Moore Gotham 06-02-17
    N. Moore Gotham 06-02-17 Member Since 2017
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    "loved the perspective"

    Great to listen to. I really liked the way topics and counter arguments wove together.

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    Esotariq Philadelphia, PA, United States 05-16-17
    Esotariq Philadelphia, PA, United States 05-16-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great In-Depth Analysis"

    wide coverage of all the relevant topics. A bit long though and I was looking forward to getting to the end!

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    Bruna Helena Souza Teixeira de Barros 04-01-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing to try new economic models"

    I have yet to pass through the 1st chapter and yet, I think is one of the best books to construct history, that will later become inputs to discuss with broader knowledge of one of the most respected professors at Columbia University!

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    Kamila Starczewska 02-13-17 Member Since 2015
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    "globalization and automation"

    A self-­replicating establishment built on “meritocratic” competition, the debt-driven collapse of 2008 - uncontrollable technological and social change that has produced a two-tier society.
    PS. Conservative advocates of pure free markets. The author, Nobel laureate, argues, that free and competitive market is highly beneficial to society at large, but that it needs government regulation and oversight to remain functional.

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    Amazon Nile 02-11-17
    Amazon Nile 02-11-17

    disease health coach nurse and stand-up comedian with radio podcast for comedy and health care interviews

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    "#1 econ how2 reinvent america"

    #1 econ explanatiom of reinvent america. triumph of the city and patchwork nation also useful

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    Rob Stephens 01-10-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Too much conspiracy theory and repitition"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you are politically on the far left, you may enjoy the propaganda.


    Has The Price of Inequality turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I actually chose to listen to another book providing an apposing view. The problem with each of these books is that they both try to lay out an extreme case with questionable facts the authors have cherry picked.


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

    There were a few interesting nuggets.


    Any additional comments?

    i expected a biased view, but I had hoped to get one that was better supported by facts. The author provides some thoughts on the price paid for inequality, but I got tied of wading through the repititous conspiracy theories to get there. I ctually gave up half way through

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    Colin Wright 11-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A Must Read For Every American"

    Well written, forcefully sets forth information that is easily understood about a vital topic that will affect us all in this century. In light of the results of the 2016 election it explains the anger of the American electorate, and the conflict that threatens to end the democratic experiment known as the United States of America.

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    James 11-06-16
    James 11-06-16 Member Since 2013
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    "learn why the American dream is disappearing!"

    Never knew the taxpayers subsided so many businesses. But I have little hope of it getting better in my lifetime .

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