The Haves and the Have-Nots: A Brief and Idiosyncratic History of Global Inequality
ReadHowYouWant.com, Nov 5, 2010 - 356 pages
Inequality is a surprisingly slippery issue. It involves not just straightforward comparisons of individuals, but also comparisons of price and consumption differences around the world - and over time. In The Haves and the Have-Nots, Branko Milanovic, the lead economist at the World Bank's research division, approaches the issue in a new and innovative way; through stories. Milanovic reveals just how rich Elizabeth Bennet's suitor Mr. Darcy really was; how wealthy ancient Romans compare to today's super-rich (for example, Nero vs. Paris Hilton); who the richest people are today; how we should think about Marxism in a modern world; and how location factors into wealth. This bold and entertaining book teaches us not only how to think about inequality, but also why it matters and - most importantly - what we can do about it.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - nosajeel - LibraryThing
This is one of the most delightful short economics books I have read--and certainly the most delightful on the topic of inequality. The book covers three types of inequality: inequality of people ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - heike6 - LibraryThing
Great background information on the history of global inequality. Spells out things like how your income is determined 60% just by where you are born, 20% by the income of your parents, and how the remaining 20% may or may not be determined by you. Read full review
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