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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (831 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joseph E. Stiglitz Narrator: Paul Boehmer Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2012 ISBN: 9781452678177
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The top 1 percent of Americans control 40 percent of the nation's wealth. And, as Joseph E. Stiglitz explains, while those at the top enjoy the best health care, education, and benefits of wealth, they fail to realize that "their fate is bound up with how the other 99 percent live."Stiglitz draws on his deep understanding of economics to show that growing inequality is not inevitable: moneyed interests compound their wealth by stifling true, dynamic capitalism. They have made America the most unequal advanced industrial country while crippling growth, trampling on the rule of law, and undermining democracy. The result: a divided society that cannot tackle its most pressing problems. With characteristic insight, Stiglitz examines our current state, then teases out its implications for democracy, for monetary and budgetary policy, and for globalization. He closes with a plan for a more just and prosperous future. Download and start listening now!


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  • Paul Boehmer's deep but gentle tone provides a comforting voice for the harsh realities that Stiglitz reveals.…More importantly, Boehmer knows how to project the key sentences of every paragraph, bringing home Stiglitz's point and giving the listener its full weight. AudioFile

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rod Zemke | 12/20/2013

    " yThe author is brilliant and writes a very compelling argument regarding the downside of inequality. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin Clanahan | 12/1/2013

    " A very interesting read for political/economic geeks (like me). The author describes how our current society is more divided and has more inequality than in several decades and the negative ramifications for that inequality and describes potential changes to address the issues. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ross West | 11/22/2013

    " An insightful book about the economic inequalities in our nation that are growing to a dangerous level. The author, a Nobel-prize winning economist, also offers ways to remedy the situation. Anyone who thinks this is not a problem might benefit from reading the 8th-century prophets in the Scriptures. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara Williams | 11/16/2013

    " The Price of Inequality sat on my currently read shelf for a solid month or so. This was not an accident people! The book was like my first period economic class all over again (the one I mostly slept through); highly revenant to our modern lives but hard to understand. When reading this book I often experienced the deer in the headlights/ whooshing sound above my head; I just didn't get it. Economics has always been hard for me to grasp, it is full of could bees, would bees, and maybes. Economists speak their own language and that sounds like a bunch of jargon to me (I had to read each page several times). However, that is the point of this book, we (the average american citizen) is being taken advantage of, in what I would like to call the greatest ponzi scheme ever realized. Joseph E. Stiglitz tries to explain, or defend the Occupy movement. Stiglitz states that inequality is increasing at an alarming rate, one that we should be concerned about. He explains the origins of the global economic crisis of 2008 and spoilers: the 1% are finding loopholes and manipulating our tax system to work for them. I, the average american citizen, pay more in taxes, than lets say a person who makes money off his investments (someone who pays someone else to find money for them while they sit there and watch the money come in). I had to put the book down several times because I was just so angry at the unfairness of our country. I mean come on! We are AMERICANS people! We said no taxation without representation, then boarded those British ships and dumped out all their tea! Why are we not taking to the streets? Why are we not demanding that our taxes work to benefit us like investment in our public schools and infrastructure? What ever happened to "I am mad as hell and I am not gonna take it anymore?!?" (Ok I know that was a movie quote, but its a really damn good one.) Anyway, this was a good book and it is worth the countless days it took me to read it. I feel smarter now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 10/13/2013

    " This book explains how the wealth gap got started, how it is maintained, and how bad things can get if economic corrections are not made in the near future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian Bixby | 9/27/2013

    " Not quite as detailed as "Freefall," but broader coverage of the overall problem of income inequality and how it adversely affects American society and life. Sadly, probably won't convince market fundamentalists. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 9/23/2013

    " Decent, but "Griftopia" has the same info and tells it more concisely and entertainingly. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nancy Stringer | 8/13/2013

    " "When the facts change, I change my mind." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Evlondo | 4/29/2013

    " This is must read for anybody wondering about the pervasive power the 1% uses to maintain our oligarchy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Virginia Birks | 4/17/2013

    " Great book even for those like me who have no background in economics. Everyone in Congress should read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diganta Sarkar | 2/23/2013

    " The book talks to much of the problem but very little about any possible solutions - or the solutions part is not convincing at all. In a lot of places the author try to prove by examples rather than by statistics. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edward Sullivan | 12/28/2012

    " The text is dense and the writing occasionally dry but Stiglitz explains complex economic issues with great clarity and thoughtful analysis. Anyone seeking an understanding of the developments that lead to the economic collapse of 2008 and the "Great Recession" will find this book enlightening. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gladys Landing-Corretjer | 6/17/2012

    " While I believe Dr. Stiglitz is not exaggerating, the tone of the book made feel helpless and I don't like that feeling. "

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About the Author
Author Joseph E. Stiglitz

Joseph E. Stiglitz, winner of the 2001 Nobel Memorial Prize for Economics, is the author of Making Globalization Work; Globalization and Its Discontents; and, with Linda Bilmes, The Three Trillion Dollar War. He was chairman of President Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisers and served as senior vice president and chief economist at the World Bank. He teaches at Columbia University and lives in New York City.

About the Narrator

Paul Boehmer is an American actor best known for his numerous appearances in the Star Trek universe. Paul is a 1992 Masters of Fine Arts graduate of the Professional Theater Training Program at the University of Delaware.