The beginning of the end-Capital in the Twenty-First Century

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The beginning of the end-Capital in the Twenty-First Century

Postby kennyc » Wed Apr 23, 2014 6:03 pm

When it is #1 at Amazon, then the politics, the revolution will follow.

By Ricardo Lopez
April 23, 2014, 10:26 a.m.
Move over, "Fifty Shades of Grey." Instead of romance, a book by French economist Thomas Piketty on income inequality and capitalism is the No. 1 best-selling book on Amazon.com.
Piketty's "Capitalism in the Twenty-First Century" is generating so much interest among economists and policy makers that it's temporarily out of stock on Amazon.
At nearly 700 pages, it's not a book for beach reading by casual readers -- unless a mix of dense economic data and history is your thing.
Piketty examined decades of historical data from 20 countries to compare income inequality over time and concluded that the U.S. economy has seen the wealth of the 1% grow to dizzying new heights. Wealth isn't trickling down as some argue, Piketty said. Moreover, he warns that rising inequality will undermine democracy and generate discontent.
Though income inequality is a hot-button issue, it's not often an economics book tops a best-seller list.
"It's un...believable. It's astonishing that an economics book would be this high on any mass market book list," said David Shulman, a UCLA Anderson Forecast senior economist. "It's going to put you to sleep. This book is dense reading."
Shulman, who reviewed the book in a blog post, said that despite its length, "Piketty has written a book that is and will continue to be much discussed. It should be the subject of serious debate and readers should note that the book is not an all-encompassing treatment of inequality.

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http://www.latimes.com/business/money/l ... z2zff17CfE

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http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archive ... ign=buffer
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Re: The beginning of the end-Capital in the Twenty-First Cen

Postby Gord » Wed Apr 23, 2014 8:45 pm

kennyc wrote:
...is generating so much interest among economists and policy makers that it's temporarily out of stock on Amazon....

Both types are known for buying in bulk, so I assume they're each buying several hundred copies.
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Re: The beginning of the end-Capital in the Twenty-First Cen

Postby kennyc » Wed Apr 23, 2014 9:18 pm

Gord wrote:
kennyc wrote:
...is generating so much interest among economists and policy makers that it's temporarily out of stock on Amazon....

Both types are known for buying in bulk, so I assume they're each buying several hundred copies.



Maybe hoping to cash in on the resell value.
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