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Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty
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it was amazing
bookshelves: audio, ebook, history-politics

I am not an economist, but I have read other books about economics. Piketty has certainly thrown a spanner in the works. This book is long. There is about a third which is meant as justification to academia (aka. the methodology), and a bunch of literary references which aren't really critical, and then a bunch of crazy policy talk that the author admits is impossible. Some of his talk about transparency makes my privacy hackles raise... however, it is a book about bringing the discussion back to equality, and he has certainly done that. This book has made me certainly consider my position... and even if you don't agree with Piketty, it will make you think too.

If you can find a digest, a "Cole's Notes" version, that might be a good option. But Piketty is a good writer (well, the translation is good), so it is pretty accessible and easy to read. He has an opinion, and is certainly willing to share it, which makes this book different from some dry Economics 301 text you might mistake it for.
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Reading Progress

January 10, 2015 – Started Reading
January 10, 2015 – Shelved
January 11, 2015 –
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January 13, 2015 –
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January 15, 2015 –
27.0%
January 21, 2015 –
32.0%
January 22, 2015 –
36.0%
January 23, 2015 –
41.0%
January 25, 2015 –
48.0%
January 26, 2015 –
51.0%
January 27, 2015 –
54.0%
January 29, 2015 –
57.0%
February 5, 2015 –
57.0% "Just taking a break from this dense book. Gonna read a lighter book (How We Got to Now) before coming back. It is really good so far, but I am getting overwhelmed by all the numbers."
February 11, 2015 –
59.0% "Okay, after a break, I am back on this."
February 13, 2015 –
67.0%
February 14, 2015 –
77.0%
February 15, 2015 –
83.0%
February 15, 2015 –
93.0% "I dunno... his thinking on financial transparency seems a bit too scary for me..."
February 16, 2015 – Finished Reading

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