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The Price of Inequality by Joseph E. Stiglitz
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Sep 03, 2012

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Read from September 03 to 13, 2012

A brilliant economist Stiglitz may be, but a great communicator he is not. Don't get me wrong - this book deserves to be read and it analyzes the accelerating wealth inequity that should be slapping in the face every non-comatose American by now. Stiglitz himself recognizes the limits of writing a "popularization" for general readers. Nevertheless the prose rambles from dryly pedantic to conclusions without premises to (completely warranted) righteous indignation. Compounding the problem is that, like the Baiji river dolphin, competent editors have suffered extinction; another symptom of global warming or the reliance upon machines (software) rather than humans to detect missing words and incorrect homonyms? For the prose, this book probably merits only two stars, but its ideas certainly earn it another.

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