The Haves and the Have-Nots: A Brief and Idiosyncratic History of Global Inequality
Who is the richest person in the world, ever? Does where you were born affect how much money you’ll earn over a lifetime? How would we know? Why—beyond the idle curiosity—do these questions even matter? In The Haves and the Have-Nots, Branko Milanovic, one of the world’s leading experts on wealth, poverty, and the gap that separates them, explains these and other mysteries...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Basic Books
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This is an academic book written like it is for the lay person. It is written in case studies, and you can flip around in any order you choose, a format I like. There are only two chapters in the whole book that get a bit technical, as the author is an economist, but it was not intolerable. Some of the vignettes are so pertinent and answered so many questions for me that I've often had in terms of inequality; what I especially l loved about this book was his ability to make sense of past wealth...more