The in­equal­ity rule

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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.

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