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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (649 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Eduardo Porter Narrator: Walter Dixon Publisher: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Many of the prices we pay seem to make little sense. We shell out $2.29 for a coffee at Starbucks when a nearly identical brew can be had at the corner deli for less than a dollar. We may be less willing to give blood for $25 than to donate it for free. Americans hire the cheap labor of illegal immigrants to fix the roof or mow the lawn and vote for politicians who promise to spend billions to keep them out of the country. And citizens of the industrialized West pay hundreds of dollars a year in taxes or cash for someone to cart away trash that would be a valuable commodity in poorer parts of the world.

The Price of Everything starts with a simple premise: there is a price behind each choice that we make, whether we’re deciding to have a baby, drive a car, or buy a book. Eduardo Porter uncovers the true story behind the prices we pay and reveals what those prices are actually telling us. He takes us on a global economic adventure, from comparing the relative prices of a vote in corrupt São Tomé and in the ostensibly aboveboard United States to assessing the cost of happiness in Bhutan to deducing the dollar value we assign to human life. His unique approach helps explain:

  • Why polygamous societies actually place a higher value on women than monogamous ones
  • Why someone may find more value in a $14-million license plate than in the standard-issue $95 one
  • Why some government agencies believe one year of life for a senior citizen is four times more valuable than that of a younger person

Porter weaves together the constant—and often unconscious—cost and value assessments we all make every day. While exploring the fascinating story behind the price of everything from marriage and death to mattresses and horsemeat, Porter draws unexpected connections that bridge a wide range of disciplines and cultures. The result is a cogent and insightful narrative about how the world really works.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sarah | 2/11/2014

    " A lot of interesting ideas and also fairly well written. only problem is that it's a bit thrown together and doesn't flow well to the point of becoming confusing and losing focus. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Gary | 2/1/2014

    " i was very fortunate to have won this in first reads contest and found eduardo porter to be an excellent researcher. there were all kinds of interesting facts and statistics. perhaps more suited for several magazine articles instead of a book but many things made me say "aahhh". i had some trouble following the thread the author was weaving but sure it was my fault for having to read some things a few times as his thoughts and his iq are sometimes hard to transfer to words and the way something is expressed. a good read, thanks. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mohammed alkindy | 2/1/2014

    " was an interesting reading this month, is seems it is true that every thing has its tag price from the pair of socks we buy to the kidney in our bodies "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Maeve | 1/27/2014

    " This is a book for people who know very little about economy or psychology. "

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