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Author: Ryan Avent Narrator: Scott Merriman Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2016 ISBN: 9781531867669
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An investigation of how the digital revolution is fundamentally changing our concept of work, and what it means for our future economy.

None of us has ever lived through an industrial revolution. Until now.

Digital technology is transforming every corner of the economy, fundamentally altering the way things are done, who does them, and what they earn for their efforts. In The Wealth of Humans, Economist editor Ryan Avent brings up-to-the-minute research and reporting to bear on the major economic question of our time: can the modern world manage technological changes every bit as disruptive as those that shook the socioeconomic landscape of the 19th century?

Travelling around the world, Avent investigates the meaning of work today: how technology is rendering time-tested business models outmoded and catapulting workers into a world indistinguishable from that of a generation ago. Our conceptions of the relationships between capital and labor and between rich and poor have been overturned.

Past revolutions required rewriting the social contract, as will this one. Avent looks to the history of the Industrial Revolution and the work of numerous experts for lessons in reordering society. The future needn’t be bleak, but as The Wealth of Humans explains, we can’t expect to restructure the world without rethinking what an economy should be.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An ambitious, insightful, and provocative book…In the best Economist tradition, this book is both accessible and sophisticated, one that raises all the right questions.”

    Washington Post

  • “Avent is scrupulous in supplying both pros and cons. Scholarly without being overly academic, this work offers an excellent high-level summation of the difficulties of the current US and international labor economies, with a very slight whiff of hopefulness at the end.”

    Library Journal

  • “Nobody is better placed to tell us how technology is shaping our economy and our lives.”

    Tim Harford, economist and writer of the Financial Times column “The Undercover Economist”

  • “Narrator Scott Merriman would do well as moderator of a debate between political opponents: His tone is authoritative but eminently reasonable and restrained. That quality makes him an ideal narrator for this thoughtful audio…Merriman is comfortable with both the economics jargon and the warmer personal anecdotes that Avent shares as he builds his argument.”


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About the Narrator

Scott Merriman is an actor and an Earphones Award–winning narrator. He began acting at the request of his high school friend in 1996 and since has lent his acting talents to theater productions, student films, shorts, and features. He has always enjoyed working with his voice, and today he to brings characters to life in audio dramas and through audiobook narration.