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Hailed as "the guide to capitalism", the New York Times best seller Wealth and Poverty is one of the most influential economics books of all time and has sold more than one million copies since its first release. In this modern classic, Gilder affirms the moral superiority of free-market capitalism and explains why supply-side economics is more effective at decreasing poverty than government-regulated markets.

Now, in a completely updated edition of Wealth and Poverty, Gilder compares America’s current economic challenges with its past economic problems - particularly those of the late 1970s - and explains why Obama’s big-government, redistributive policies are doing more harm than good for the poor.

Making the case that supply-side economics and free-market policies are - and always will be - the answer to decreasing America’s poverty rate and increasing her prosperity, Wealth and Poverty offers solutions to America’s current economic problems and hope to those who fear that our best days are behind us.

©2012 George Gilder (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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"One should not underestimate what Gilder accomplished in this volume." (Freeman)

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  • Jake
  • Los Angeles, CA, United States
  • 11-26-13

The Original is a Classic

What would have made Wealth and Poverty better?

I am disappointed in this new edition. The degrees of logic and social commentary in this edition is disappointingly poor. I highly recommend you skip this addition and seek out an original edition. Read that with a mind toward the time period and environment it was written. The genius of Gilder is not his ability to defend supply side economics. His genius is identifying the secondary social externalities both good and bad of government policy.

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George Gilder's thesis is spot on.

Every politician and every high school senior should be tested on the content of this book. It's the best book on the way the world works since "The Way the World Works". The narrator does an excellent job as well as each word is enunciated clearly and with inflection.

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best book ever.<br />

must read. this should be taught at every school. every citizen should know this information. We are an ignorant country for not knowing what is in this book.

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Great Information Broad Perspective On The Economy

I like the book. Mr. Gilder has a commanding understanding of both the art and science of how economies rise, fall and work and makes clear the difference between capitalism in its purest sense and the "friction" caused by politics, religion and plain old human nature. It's positive on the future. The language in the book is a little archaic as Mr. Gilder tries to emulate the prose of the past. It would be great to see this book written with a more modern linguistic style. Also, the book would be more powerful without the bias of the author's strong perspective on God, feminism and races. In fact, all of the economic and capitalist theory and workings could be explained well without these topics being discussed in the point blank, unapologetic manner expressed in the book and would make this author's views on capitalism as a roadmap to the future more accepted by a much broader audience.

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Great listen for any American

What made the experience of listening to Wealth and Poverty the most enjoyable?

Grover Gardner the narrator has a very fluent and yet distinctive voice that is very comforting to listen to..

What other book might you compare Wealth and Poverty to and why?

The Price of Inequality by Joseph Sliglitz

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

The downsizing and the collapse of America

Any additional comments?

Very knowledgeable and powerful.

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  • JUDITH
  • seattle, WA, United States
  • 02-25-13

did not receive product

I never received the product. I want to cancel my order. How do I do that?

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