The inequality rule
Title: The Great Divergence: America’s Growing Inequality Crisis and What We Can Do about It Author: Timothy Noah
Publisher: Bloomsbury Press; 1 edition (April 24, 2012) Price: $16.50
No. of pages: 272
Addressing the clear divide between America’s haves and have-nots, Noah regards it as a sharp fundamental shift in the character of American society, and one of the greatly negative shifts. The book discusses the drastic unequal incomes, claiming that the top 1 percent of Americans collect almost 20 percent of the nation’s income—more than double their share in 1973. The income gap has been blamed on everything from computers to immigration, but its causes and consequences call for a patient, non-partisan exploration. In The Great Divergence, Timothy Noah delivers this urgently needed inquiry, ignoring political rhetoric and drawing on the best work of contemporary researchers to peer beyond conventional wisdom. Noah explains not only how the great divergence has come about, but why it threatens American democracy—and most important, how it can be reversed.