Pocket Piketty: A Handy Guide to Capital in the Twenty-First Century

Narrated by: Nathan Bierma
Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
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We all know the book: it's been hailed as one of the most important documents on how the world economy works, or doesn't work, and it's been a colossal bestseller since it first appeared in 2014, with more than 1.5 million copies sold. Thomas Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century makes a powerful case that wealth, and accumulated wealth, tends to stay where it lands: and with the passage of time, just gets bigger…and bigger. 

But how many of us who bought or borrowed the book - or even, perhaps, reviewed it - have read more than a fraction of its 696 pages? How many more shuddered at the thought of committing $40 to such a venture? And how many of Piketty's groundshaking concepts have gone unappreciated, all for want of intellectual stamina? 

Deliverance is at hand in the form of Pocket Piketty, written in clear and accessible prose by an experienced economist and teacher - and one whose work was relied on by Piketty for his masterpiece. In this handy and slim volume, Jesper Roine explains all things Piketty.

©2017 Jesper Roine (P)2018 Jesper Roine

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A Preread to the Book; And One More Time There Aft

Pocket Piketty: A Handy Guide to Capital in the Twenty-First Century, by Jesper Roine, narrated by Nathan Bierma. I have read/listened to (and often followed the charts and graphic compilations) in the original text. Thomas Piketty’s thesis, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, is involved, intriguing, and a brilliantly constructed work of art. Impossibly difficult to read and almost impossible to understand in the first read through. (I am not an economist, much less one educated in algebraic statistical analysis). Yet, the read was cherished. Now I have a deep understanding of the harm that occurs to societies that are overwhelmed and controlled when wealth accumulates in a small segment of society. . .. and concentrated wealth is a harm to society.

Okay. I am not sure this is a worthwhile review and certainly not a read one can do and forego the 26-hour read of Capital. Like the book, it is impossible to understand in one read. I would use this book as a pre-read to do at least once or twice before you read Capital. Then perhaps another read after you wade through the original text. In any case a major undertaking

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  • Alexander Macallister
  • 01-21-20

No kneejerks

A clear and concise summary, in which Piketty's scientific approach and thorough professional integrity are well represented in the text. Anyone who cares about defensible economic development and trends in social justice can glean important points here, without studying university- level economics