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A deeply moving work that is fundamentally optimistic and practical. Should be read by every citizen.
Because ultimately, we love our parks. We love having access to affordable, clean drinking water. And transit. And streets and streetlights. And schools. Is that "socialism," or do we simply use that label in order to avoid engaging in real discourse? We've withdrawn, given up, accepted the idea that our elected leaders are "all the same" and as a result, we've lost something. Read the book to find out what that "something" is and how you can take it back.
Best political book I've ever read.
In straight forward, clear writing, Judt outlines the growing inequities between the rich and the poor in the United States and the failure of the ecomomic philosophy of the past 30 years. During this time the United States has become the most income stratified of the major industrial societies with the highest crime rates and the highest percentage of incarceration.
With devastating analysis Judt documents this growing inequality: The CEO of Walmart earns 900 times the wages of the average employee. The wealth of the Wal-Mart founders' family - $90 billion is equivalent to the combined bottom 40% of the US population: 120 million people.
"Ill Fares..." should be required reading for everyone.
Hugh McIsaac, Santa Cruz
Judt, a fine historian and professor at NYU, is dying of Lou Gehrig's disease. This short book, "Ill Fares the Land," can be read as his last will and testament, the single most important message that he wants to leave with those two countries, the one in which he was born and the other in which he has come to live.
The weakness of the book is that he does not address the great questions why the United Kingdom turned away from social democracy a generation ago, and why --- as the dramatic struggle over health care reform recently demonstrated --- a great many Americans have never accepted the idea.
And yet, for any reader who thinks about the future of the two countries and suspects that growing inequality is corroding our values, this book will be a valuable contribution to the debate. Incidentally, Judt summarized the book's main argument in an article he published in the April 29 issue of the New York Review of Books.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Tony Judt was at his best--and his best is magnificent--when he wrote this book. I have bought it for myself and for others as well.Published 8 months ago by Margaret N. Flynn
This is my second book by the late Prof. Judt. My first was his memoir. This one makes a case that "Social Democracy" as a form of national government is a good thing, and is NOT... Read morePublished 13 months ago by William E. Adams
The late D. Judt had an unflinching view of the Western World and our role in the world theater. While some of his reflections are cause for despair, his conclusions are mainly... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Lori Frederick
Tony Judt is an early conscience of our society regarding such as the imbalance between rich and poor, for example. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Phillip Skaga
Tony Judt is one of the foremost Capital L-Liberals of our time. This book is a passionate declaration of his social-democratic ideals. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Athelbert Z. Athelstan
Brilliant book. Shows the absolute need for social awareness and how our current economic policies contributes to self interest and lack of empathy for other members of society.Published 19 months ago by Christina C.