Synopses & Reviews
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.
"With the presidential election just weeks away, Stiglitz offers a fascinating look at the wealthiest Americans (aka the 1%) and their effect on the country at large. Paul Boehmer's narration is clear and workmanlike, but his performance suffers from slow pacing his slow, halting way of speaking is monotonous at times which will prevent many listeners from fully engaging with this audio edition. In later portions of the audiobook, Boehmer does pick up the pace and this helps engage listeners more fully. The material is compelling, but it takes time for the narrator to truly hit his stride. If one is willing to tough it out through the lulls, there are plenty of economic and social lessons to be learned. A Norton hardcover. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Paul Boehmer's deep but gentle tone provides a comforting voice for the harsh realities that Stiglitz reveals.…More importantly, Boehmer knows how to project the key sentences of every paragraph, bringing home Stiglitz's point and giving the listener its full weight." ---AudioFile
A forceful argument against America's vicious circle of growing inequality by Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz.
About the Author
Winner of the 2001 Nobel Memorial Prize for Economics, Joseph E. Stiglitz is the author of Making Globalization Work; Globalization and Its Discontents; and, with Linda Bilmes, The Three Trillion Dollar War.Paul Boehmer graduated with a master's degree and was cast as Hamlet by the very stage actor who inspired his career path. He has worked on Broadway and extensively in regional theater, and has been cast in various roles in many episodes of Star Trek. Paul's love of literature and learning led him by nature to his work as a narrator for audiobooks, his latest endeavour.