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99 to 1: How Wealth Inequality Is Wrecking the World and What We Can Do about It

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The focus of the worldwide Occupy protests is creating a world that works for 99% of people and businesses, not just the richest and most powerful 1%. But who are the 99%? Who are the 1%? How extensive and systemic is inequality in different areas of society? What are its causes and consequence? How is inequality changing in our world? And what can be done about it?

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Paperback, 168 pages
Published April 9th 2012 by Berrett-Koehler Publishers (first published January 1st 2012)
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Mal Warwick
Mar 27, 2012 Mal Warwick rated it it was amazing
A lucid analysis of how the 1% got to be that way, and how the 99% can fight back

Leave it to a scrappy little San Francisco publishing house to be first out of the gate with a primer on the central lesson to be learned from the Occupy Wall Street movement: that the disparity in wealth (not income) between the 99% and the 1% is the most significant economic fact about the U.S. today. Most books spring from the minds of authors, who in turn seek out publishers, but Berrett-Koehler has a long histo
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Susan
Dec 27, 2012 Susan rated it really liked it
I've only read about 20 pages so far, but I'm really intrigued by Chuck Collins view of U.S. and world economics. I'll let you know how I feel about it when I've read more. :-) Incidentally, the reason I got so interested in this book is because the folks at "Real Change," the newspaper that is sold by homeless folks on the streets of Seattle, is trying to put together a "read" like the library does. You know, when they encourage everyone in the city to read the same book at the same time. I rea ...more
Ellen Keim
May 21, 2013 Ellen Keim rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
If you want to find a lot of statistics about wealth inequality, this is your book. Some of them are shocking--and troubling. The author also does a good job of dissecting the reasons for this inequality. But he is on less sure ground with possible solutions. However, that's not for lack of trying: his suggestions are sound, and for the most part, doable. The problem is, as the author even admits, the likelihood of the needed changes being made is not that good. So the book ends on a somewhat di ...more
Stuart Elliott
Mar 30, 2013 Stuart Elliott rated it really liked it
Shelves: economics
This is a concise (124 pages, plus 14 pages of notes) examination of how wealth inequality is wrecking the economy. It is well-organized with lots of tables and graphics. If you want to know how the 99/1 economic divide means in the real world and the damages that it does, this is a great place to start.

One limitation, Collins analysis doesn't really discuss the central role of the attacks of unions and limits on the ability of workers to organize in the dramatic rise of inequality. Or the neces
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Sandra
Oct 22, 2013 Sandra rated it really liked it
Extreme wealth inequality has become a destabilizing force in our country and a threat to our democracy. This book describes the various aspects and causes and suggests some solutions. To quote from the book: "The Greatest Generation, those who came of age during WW II, taxed themselves at very progressive levels in order to make investments in education, technological research, infrastructure, and middle-class expansion and opportunity that served as the foundation for the healthy and vibrant e ...more
Daya Alexander
Jun 12, 2012 Daya Alexander rated it liked it
-Totally accessible
-A bit repetitive with his handful of singular points without actually fleshing them out
-Short (a huge plus for a book about the economy)
-not enough practical, next steps, what do you do now for me (especially after depressing me with a reality I am aware of but not in such a detailed fashion

-I suppose for someone who doesn't have a sense of how bad it is this could be quite an eye opener

so it gets a neutral 3 star from me more along the lines of a likert scale than an actual
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Jason
Aug 22, 2014 Jason rated it it was amazing
Excellent, quick read to help one understand wealth inequality with logical solutions to resolve it.
C. Scott
Jul 01, 2013 C. Scott rated it really liked it
An extremely clear and understandable description of American inequality viewed through the lens of 1% versus the 99%. This reader actually preferred the simplicity and directness of Collins's slim volume and its recommendations for action to Joseph Stiglitz's Price of Inequality.
Vishwas
Sep 01, 2012 Vishwas rated it liked it


In simple words he is the Anna Hazare for the economic equality. Reading it would make the sleeping 99 to wake up for the much needed economical revolution.
Patricia
Jun 10, 2012 Patricia rated it really liked it
won't keep you from snoozing but useful for helping you understand the context of our current economic situation and some ideas for how we might transform it.
Richard
Sep 18, 2012 Richard rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012
A primer. If you didn't pay attention to the Occupy moment its philosophy is recapped with charts and graphs here.
Jen
May 19, 2012 Jen rated it really liked it
the info is boiled down to the point where it can be easily digested by students with early high school educations.
Craig
May 11, 2012 Craig rated it it was ok
An important concept. An important idea. But a shallow and repetitive book with no deep insights.
Anne
Sep 01, 2012 Anne rated it really liked it
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