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“Wilkinson and Pickett make an eloquent case that the income gap between a nation's richest and poorest is the most powerful indicator of a functioning and healthy society…Felicitous prose and fascinating findings make this essential reading.”—Publishers Weekly (starred)
“In this fascinating sociological study, the authors do an excellent job of presenting the research, analyzing nuances, and offering policy suggestions for creating more equal and sustainable societies. For all readers, specialized or not, with an interest in understanding the dynamics today between economic and social conditions.”—Library Journal
“The Spirit Level will change the way you think about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, especially if you live in the United States. You will reexamine what it means to be successful, how you will seek and achieve personal satisfaction, and what you owe your fellow citizen.”—Jo Perry, BookBrowse.com
“It has taken two experts from the field of public health to deliver a major study of the effects of inequality on society. Though Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett are British, their research explores the United States in depth, and their work is an important contribution to the debate our country needs.”—Robert B. Reich, from the foreword
“Might be the most important book of the year.”—Guardian
“Fascinating and deeply provoking…The Spirit Level does contain a powerful political message. It is impossible to read it and not to be impressed by how often greater equality appears to be the answer, whatever happens to be the question. It provides a connection between what otherwise look like disparate social problems.”—David Runciman, London Review of Books
Interesting topic, well written, easy to read, and informing.
A fine book, which clearly presents arguments and data in a way that should be clear to even the most statistically challenged reader.
Pickett and Wilkinson have put together a very interesting study of the results of income inequality on societies.
Great read, especially as a follow up to Pinketty's work. It explains how inequality, in terms of more than just the data and numbers, can explain the social implications of... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Michael D. Newman
This was a good book in all material respects by which I have evaluated this very very good this book.Published 1 month ago by R. Finley
Yes, the whole income disparity bit has become an issue. THIS is the book to read. Heavily researched, complete with citations. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Randy
This book has been written by a couple of medical epidemiologists, and it shows. The evidence is convincing, and there's a lot of it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bill Sloman
great book to add to an understanding of the social issues we are experiencing. written mostly about health care but could apply to most any social issuePublished 2 months ago by Hodges
Ordered this book for a college sociology class. Instead of selling it used, I will keep it because it was interesting and is one that can be used as a reference book.Published 2 months ago by Mosaicdog
I wish all high school and university kids could read it as a subscribed text.
Helped clear up many of my own mis-understandings. Read more
this is a must read for all who care about the way theworld is 'progressing' and required reading for those taking us in the current directionPublished 2 months ago by Lyn
It was easy to understand and well considered all aspects leading to inequality, glad i read it .