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Inequality and the 1%

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  180 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
Since the great recession hit in 2008, the 1% has only grown richer while the rest find life increasingly tough. The gap between the haves and the have-nots has turned into a chasm. While the rich have found new ways of protecting their wealth, everyone else has suffered the penalties of austerity.

But inequality is more than just economics. Being born outside the 1% has a
Paperback, 240 pages
Published October 7th 2014 by Verso (first published January 1st 2014)
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Garnet Chan
Nov 29, 2014 Garnet Chan rated it really liked it

The book was definitely enlightening and exposed the unsustainable and fragile economic networks our capitalist system runs on. It was quite repetitious at times, which made it harder to read through. Definitely for those with an interest in economics and current affairs.
Peter Harrison
Feb 20, 2016 Peter Harrison rated it it was ok
Shelves: economics, politics
This book is a shrill tirade against "the 1%" of wealthiest individuals, inequality in general in both the UK and US, and the impact this has on the rest of society.

I agree with the sentiment. Inequality is hugely damaging and wholly unjustified. But this book does a poor job of making the case, mixing scattergun evidence and emotional appeals. It lacks any sense of underpinning theory to drive the analysis. It also lacks any coherent call for action other than a vague request for us to "be kind
Aug 27, 2015 Martina rated it it was amazing
A definite re-read.
Anna Chapman
Nov 21, 2016 Anna Chapman rated it really liked it
A very informative examination of rising inequality levels in the UK. Very saddening that the poorest are paying the price for austerity measures that are both short-sighted and deeply damaging for a cohesive society. Interesting comparisons are made to the US. The section on education was also very illuminating, particularly the comparison to Finland's education system. I wish the book could have provided more proactive ways in which the economic system can be challenged, can be fought against ...more
Apr 19, 2015 Barry rated it really liked it
Shelves: politics
An excellent study into the lives of the super rich and the growing inequality faced by the many in the UK.

The central premise is that the top 1% of the population take 15% of the country's money and that lives for millions of people would be better if only they took a little less. It's not brain surgery yet with a General Election a few weeks away it's seemingly off the agenda.

There is nothing earth shattering in this book for those with an interest in the subject matter although nevertheless i
Susan Steed
Sep 13, 2016 Susan Steed rated it liked it

"Living in a society that tolerates gross wealth and income inequalities makes it hard to empathise with a wide range of other people. The very rich may ignore you in the same way you sometimes don't notice the person sweeping the street as you walk by. Or the very rich try not to notice you - just as you might have learn to try not to notice the people sleeping rough in the entrance to the Tube or bus station"

I dunno about this book.

It has some total gems of stats and anecdotes. Perhaps my fav
Daniel Moroney
Nov 30, 2015 Daniel Moroney rated it liked it
The premise of this book allowed Dorling to explore many avenues and include many anecdotes that a more conventional account of recent spiralling inequality in the US and UK might have missed. I thought the pocket money discussion in the 'Childhood' chapter was a very insightful analogy and the 'Health' chapter felt very prescient. At his best he writes passionately, with an attention to detail and a close focus on the broader premise: that the one-percent's excess wealth is causing deepening ...more
Steve Gillway
Apr 16, 2015 Steve Gillway rated it it was amazing
Shelves: politics, uk
A really intelligent discussion of inequality in the UK. We may believe the truism "Money can't buy you happiness" (In a broad Yorkshire accent of course), bur Dorling outlines all the downsides of increased inequality on health, education, work etc, in a clear lucid way. I like the range of quotes he uses and the international comparisons to enable the reader to draw a perspective of the whole situation. There is a great deal of academic rigour with a huge range of sources given and explained. ...more
Sean Finn
Nov 16, 2015 Sean Finn rated it liked it
It was good, there is a lot of data in this book. So if you want to read this thing, be prepared. Now that's not relative to research papers, just regular non-fiction.
Some really interesting correlations between income inequality and health, social mobility and all that jazz.

It isn't really a hugely engaging read, I would have enjoyed more discussion around policy solutions and creating a more engaging over all analogy to enhance the books theme. but that's me. and I'm not you.

I recommend it fo
Unsung Stories
Feb 24, 2016 Unsung Stories rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Compelling and distressing for the most part, providing a detailed breakdown of the problems with economic inequalities. Some of it tells you what you already know, some of it was new to me (dropping life expectancies across various demographics for instance). As a narrative perhaps a bit monomaniacal but it also unambiguously achieves what it sets out to do. Sadly, I suspect the kind of people who will read it aren't the ones who *should* read it.
Danielle Shtab
Jan 25, 2016 Danielle Shtab rated it really liked it
A very informational read, you don't need to be an expert on socio-economical systems of the UK in order to understand Dorling's reasoning and depth of research. At times, however, he seems to draw conclusions without fully explaining his reasoning as well as making oddly problematic statements (ex: Somewhere in the Health section is a poorly worded comment about the number of persons on anti-depressants).
Jun 01, 2016 George rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Compelling and distressing for the most part, providing a detailed breakdown of the problems with economic inequalities. Some of it tells you what you already know, some of it was new to me (dropping life expectancies across various demographics for instance). As a narrative perhaps a bit monomaniacal but it also unambiguously achieves what it sets out to do. Sadly, I suspect the kind of people who will read it aren't the ones who *should* read it.
David Rankin
Nov 10, 2014 David Rankin rated it liked it
You won't learn much here if you follow the literature on inequality. Very little in terms of original research or original argument—the book uses articles from journals and newspapers to paint a general picture. But refreshing to read an account with a focus on the UK, with mostly examples from the UK. Good read.
Ben Cullimore
Dec 12, 2015 Ben Cullimore rated it really liked it
Danny Dorling has put together an informative and interesting study that does well to present the growing inequality currently ravaging the United Kingdom. At times it can be a little dry and reliant on heavy statistics that, on occasion, seem loosely connected to one another, but overall it is a very engaging read that will not only make you think but will also make you want to act.
Maria Shury-Smith
Nov 23, 2015 Maria Shury-Smith rated it really liked it
A smooth interweaving of statistics with engaging narrative of their human implications. Incredibly thought provoking although the lack of counter-points was disappointing in that I feel obliged to read a book with an opposing view of society before I feel ready to take this writing as pure unbiased fact. Should be compulsory reading!
Martin Nisbet
Mar 13, 2015 Martin Nisbet rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2015, favorites
The analysis of the super rich is both illuminating and depressing at the same time. The evidence is laid out in an articulate and well structured series of topics and it's hard not to feel the anger rising by the end.
Matt Varley
Feb 21, 2015 Matt Varley rated it it was amazing
A forensic analysis of the extreme inequality generated and perpetuated by UK-US style capitalism. Brimming with the kind of killer facts that you will want to share with everyone you know.
Terry Pearce
Oct 30, 2014 Terry Pearce rated it really liked it
Lays it bare. Makes you angry. Gives you (a little) hope at the end. Well-written and researched and very persuasive (if you needed persuading).
Kenny Chau
Feb 11, 2016 Kenny Chau rated it liked it
It was quite an alright book, although it was very short, the book was mostly focused on the UK and the USA, and I would like to see other differences between other countries as well.
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Elize van Rooyen
Jul 31, 2015 Elize van Rooyen rated it it was amazing
Astounding. Everyone with interest in economics, business or the world should read this.
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Danny Dorling – 丹尼·道灵

Danny Dorling has lived all his life in England. To try to counter his myopic world view, in 2006, Danny started working with a group of researchers on a project to remap the world (
He has published with many colleagues more than a dozen books on issues related to social inequalities in Britain and several hundred journal papers. Much of this work is avail
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