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Capital in the Twenty-First Century by [Piketty, Thomas]
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The main driver of inequality--returns on capital that exceed the rate of economic growth--is again threatening to generate extreme discontent and undermine democratic values. Thomas Piketty's findings in this ambitious, original, rigorous work will transform debate and set the agenda for the next generation of thought about wealth and inequality.

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  • Publisher: Harvard University Press (10 March 2014)
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  • Language: English
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The main argument: The unequal distribution of wealth in the developed world has become a significant issue in recent years. Indeed, the data indicate that in the past 30 years the incomes of the wealthiest have surged into the stratosphere (and the higher up in the income hierarchy one is, the greater the increase has been), while the incomes of the large majority have stagnated. This has led to a level of inequality in wealth in the developed world not seen since the eve of the Great Depression. This much is without dispute.

Where there is dispute is in trying to explain just why the rise in inequality has taken place (and whether, and to what degree, it will continue in the future); and, even more importantly, whether it is justified. These questions are not merely academic, for the way in which we answer them informs public debate as well as policy measures--and also influences more violent reactions. Indeed, we need look no further than the recent Occupy Movement to see that the issue of increasing inequality is not only pressing, but potentially incendiary.

Given the import and the polarizing nature of the issue of inequality, it is all the more crucial that we begin by way of shedding as much light on the situation as possible. This is the impetus behind Thomas Piketty's new book Capital in the Twenty-First Century.

One of Piketty's main concerns in the book is to put the issue of inequality in its broader historical context.
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I am surprised that so many people take an interest in this extensive view of "Capital in the Twenty-First Century" by Tomas Piketty.

If I start out repeating or commenting on this approximately 700 page book the review will end up a 1400 page review.

I came to this book after reading hundreds of reviews (some just soapbox rants.) Some of the reviews are quite profound. But now it is time to look at the source and not opinions; that is other than mine.

This capital book is not really a book about "Capital" as much as how to keep capital in line with entities such as democracy vs. oligarchy.

So Tomas Piketty really puts his foot in it when it comes to people that do not want to hear about this and spend time arguing about methods of taxation and distribution without addressing the actual premise.

I think the value in this book is by bringing out old and new information and observations by the author's extrapolation thus creating a dialog among readers on the possible futures and whether intervention or insight will have any effect for better or worse.
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Clearly written, impeccably researched, even-handed, sane. Lives up to the hype completely. I read this on holidays for fun, and enjoyed it. I'm a student in English literature, and I still understood it! Highly recommended.
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Well written, interesting and highly relevant. It is similar to what Robert Reich has been saying for a long time but with some real facts to back it up and a lot of good background
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A book of economic prophecy that has been validated less than a year after its publication. Given the increasingly adverse economic conditions of the lower income and middle income classes, this book is set to be the new Capital, albeit much better supported than Marx's seminal piece. If there must be any disclaimer, it's that this book is has terrifying implications. For those ready to stare into the dragon's maw, and perhaps even challenge the beast, this book is indispensable.
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