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Capital in the Twenty-First Century

Thomas Piketty


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Capital in the Twenty-First Century draws on an unprecedented breadth and depth of historical economic data to comment on the phenomenon of worldwide wealth inequality in the 20th and 21st centuries. Using numbers derived from centuries of national recordkeeping in France (and to a lesser extent, Great Britain, the U.S., Japan, and Germany), Piketty outlines the longitudinal trends in capital accumulation and wealth inequality from the Belle Epoque to the current day, and uses this perspective to comment on the troubling trajectory of our current economic world order. This book does a good job of explaining economic principles related to conspicuous wealth accumulation and income inequality, all while highlighting the important role of sociopolitical factors in economic analysis and policymaking.
A New York Times #1 BestsellerAn Amazon #1 BestsellerA Wall Street Journal #1 BestsellerA USA Today BestsellerA Sunday Times BestsellerA Guardian Best Book of the 21st CenturyWinner of the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year AwardWinner of the British Academy MedalFinalist, National Book Critics Circle Award“It seems safe to say that Capital in the Twenty-First Century, the magnum opus of the French economist Thomas Piketty, will be the most important economics book of the year—and maybe of the decade.â€â€”Paul Krugman, New York Times“The book aims to revolutionize the way people think about the economic history of the past two centuries. It may well manage the feat.â€â€”The Economist“Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century is an intellectual tour de force, a triumph of economic history over the theoretical, mathematical modeling that has come to dominate the economics profession in recent years.â€â€”Steven Pearlstein, Washington Post“Piketty has written an extraordinarily important book…In its scale and sweep it brings us back to the founders of political economy.â€â€”Martin Wolf, Financial Times“A sweeping account of rising inequality…Piketty has written a book that nobody interested in a defining issue of our era can afford to ignore.â€â€”John Cassidy, New Yorker“Stands a fair chance of becoming the most influential work of economics yet published in our young century. It is the most important study of inequality in over fifty years.â€â€”Timothy Shenk, The Nation
Translated by Arthur Goldhammer
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Binding: Paperback
Publication date: 14 Aug 2017
Dimensions: 139 x 214 x 45 mm
ISBN: 9780674979857