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Inequality for All (Aftershock Movie Tie-in Edition)

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When the nation’s economy foundered in 2008, blame was directed almost universally at Wall Street bankers. But Robert B. Reich, one of our most experienced and trusted voices on public policy, suggests another reason for the meltdown. Our real problem, he argues, lies in the increasing concentration of income at the top, robbing the vast
Paperback, 192 pages
Published September 10th 2013 by Vintage (first published August 13th 2013)
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Adam Floridia
Oct 15, 2013 rated it it was ok

The movie is better than the book. Forget entertainment, rhetorically the movie is better than the book.

The film crafts a more effective argument by successfully weaving together the right amounts of ethos, pathos, and logos. Bravo. Also, the film made me really like Robert Reich.

The book is repetitive beyond belief. Claims are REPEATED rather than SUBSTANTIATED. Not only is supporting evidence lacking, but the completely one-sided argument never pauses to address and rebut counterarguments.
This is an important discussion and does a great job of clearly laying out the evidence of how
our country's economic status, especially for the middle class and working poor, has changed since the period of the Great Prosperity (late 1940's through mid 1970's). The evidence is clear about the economic changes leading to stagnation and decline in wages and purchasing power for the vast majority of Americans.

Mr. Reich lays out the reasons for this tragedy in clear and easy to follow instances and
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Read for Econ at Andover.
Kyle Austin
Jan 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Robert Reich demonstrates his "liberal powerhouse" status through this must-read account of what ails the US middle class and the greater economy over all. Reich lays out how America's broken social contract has just barely started affecting electoral politics, and points to worrying signs for the next decade's worth of elections.

I would recommend this to literally everyone, and definitely anyone with even a passing interest in elections, the economy, or even the way policy has affected their
Andrew Sims
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book literally predicted the rise of Donald Trump and his ascension to president, fascinating.
Randolph Breschini
Jun 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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All right...this is the BOOK TO READ. Forget about "'s the economy stupid..." it is ALL 100% about the MIDDLE CLASS...A vibrant middle class, with growing incomes and positive outlook DRIVES the American economy and drives demand and consumption! It is really that simple. SO please read this book and support measures to financially strengthen the middle class. READ THIS BOOK or see the movie, INEQUALITY FOR ALL!
Josh Luria
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
A bit repetitive of what he and others on the left have said about the economy, but Part III "The Bargain Restored" has concrete actionable ideas that we can be asking our politicians to derive policy from. One should definitely read Part III.
Jan 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Well-written synopsis of Reich's political and economic philosophy. If you agree with him, you'll love this book. He offers practical solutions to some horrific problems, giving hope that we can not only survive, but thrive as a nation, and as a planet.
May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great read!
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Robert Bernard Reich is an American politician, academic, and political commentator. He served as Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1997. Reich is a former Harvard University professor and the former Maurice B. Hexter Professor of Social and Economic Policy at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. He is currently a professor at the ...more