Who Gets What and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Qty:1
  • List Price: $26.99
  • Save: $13.11 (49%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Add to Cart
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Used: Good | Details
Sold by Book Robot
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Light wear on jacket edges and corners. Tight binding. Clean pages, no marks.
Add to Cart
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Who Gets What: Fair Compensation after Tragedy and Financial Upheaval Hardcover – June 26, 2012


See all 4 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$13.88
$5.00 $0.24


Frequently Bought Together

Who Gets What: Fair Compensation after Tragedy and Financial Upheaval + What Is Life Worth?: The Inside Story of the 9/11 Fund and Its Effort to Compensate the Victims of September 11th
Price for both: $25.21

Buy the selected items together

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs (June 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586489771
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586489779
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #273,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

Kirkus Reviews
“An insider's account of how compensation decisions are made after major disasters…An opportunity to get to know a man whose work has affected thousands.” 

Newsweek Daily Beast“When bad things happen and damages are due, it has frequently fallen on Washington lawyer Kenneth Feinberg to decide how much cash goes to whom—thus his unlikely career as America’s King Solomon.” Washington Post“A clearly written and emotionally contained new book”

Washington Post

“In Who Gets What,” lawyer and master of disaster Kenneth R. Feinberg dissects the complicated business of settling claims after calamity… A glance at recent headlines may indicate a long shelf life for Feinberg’s book — who will compensate the victims of Jerry Sandusky? “Who Gets What” indeed."

Reed Richardson, Eric Alterman's blog on The Nation

“An interesting prism through which to view what kind of lives and livelihoods our democracy sees fit to value… This peek into a world 99 percent of us will never experience is perhaps the most powerful lesson of Feinberg's book. It reveals how our society's values have been radically skewed to greatly reward those who take excessive risks in creating impenetrable 'vehicles' that have almost no intrinsic societal value.”

Eric Posner, New Republic on line

“A helpful reminder that many institutions that we take for granted flourish only because the public does not pay attention to them. When political ruptures expose this machinery, savvy figures such as Kenneth Feinberg are called upon to play a paradoxical role. They convince the public that these institutions are fair by temporarily suspending their operation and using ad hoc procedures that better comport with public notions of fairness, until public attention wanders elsewhere.

New York Times Sunday Business
“Thoughtful… Mr. Feinberg is compassionate, tough, legally creative, highly persuasive and politically shrewd. He has an endless appetite for work, an admirable taste for public service and a zest for butting heads in high-stakes negotiations. He understands that he takes the heat for the public officials who call him in. He expects no one to be happy with how he slices the pie, at least not at first, and no one to be in a reasonable mood.”

Thomson Reuters“[Who Gets What] offers a narrative of Feinberg ‘bending the law’ -- as he describes it -- as he wrestles with the answers. In nearly every case Feinberg tackled, he was asked to refashion traditional legal conventions to serve a broader societal cause.”

JAMS (Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services)
“The book provides a terrific narrative of some of America’s hardest-to-solve problems and an even deeper insight into the mind of the man who brought resolution to each of them. We highly recommend it.”

About the Author

Kenneth R. Feinberg, one of the nation’s leading lawyers, has been front and center in some of the most complex legal disputes of the past three decades: Agent Orange, asbestos, the closing of the Shoreham Nuclear Plant, and 9/11. He is adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University, the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, and the University of Virginia.


More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars
5 star
6
4 star
6
3 star
0
2 star
1
1 star
1
See all 14 customer reviews
It was just a bit boorish.
Russell
An interesting look at this now much too common occurance of disbursing money to victims of a senseless tragedy.
Mary J. George
Also, the book was very well written and therefore easy to read.
Kevin R, MA

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MD914 on August 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I thought the book was a bit light. I expected more in depth about each crisis that Feinberg handled.
Interesting and a good read overall. Still, I felt slightly cheated. B/B+
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Ken Feinberg waded deep into America’s spent battlefields and industrial wastelands to help America pick up the pieces. He should receive the Congressional Gold Medal for his selfless acts.

At first, I was reluctant to purchase Feinberg’s two books; I was afraid that It would be full of lawyer speak that I wouldn't be able to understand. Boy was I wrong. Not only does he tell the story in a clear, succinct way but makes the entire story very interesting and readable.

In a Graduate Business Ethics class, that I once attended, we discussed various scenarios within the context of Duty Ethics and Utilitarian Ethics. Ken’s two books would be a good choice for inclusion in these types of classes (Business Ethics, or a Philosophy Ethics Classes). But mainly it’s just a darn good read, personal, and very informative. Ken Bingham
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By L. Page on October 2, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is written by Kenneth Feinberg who was charged with the difficult task of managing the Victim Compensation Funds for 9/11
Victims as well as other disasters, including shooting episodes. He puts forward a short biography so the reader can understand
where he comes from in terms of background, education and values. I found it very interesting and feel that he did a fine job in all cases. Obviously, it is impossible for him to please all involved. He lays everything out in clear, logical language and I found it very helpful in understanding where the monies come from, how, why, and what are the factors to be considered when working out who gets what. I think it is an important record of those funds and how they work. There are many emotional factors and he works with
those in mind at all times but must remember his goal of fair distribution. He has given generously of his time and talents and is , in
my opinion, to be thanked and congratulated. His has been a valuable public service.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Ken Feinberg has become the "go to person" when a limited amount of money is available to compensate a large number of disaster victims. His methods and observations form a fascinating study of how people react in these cases.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A suberb analysis of a current issue that is increasingly imposed on democraic populations. What is the responsibslity of a government for the protection of its citizens and if it fails what constitutes fair reinbursement ? Fineberg does the best to lay bare the profound and difficult problem of establishing ground rules and their application. A range of prolem situations are presented of which he has unique experience as the Master in chage of disbursement. One of a kind in new literature in public policy. Reommend reading for any serious student of social problems that looms ahead. Maurice James
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Interesting regarding the criteria he used to decide how people should be compensated after tragedies occur. One also learns about the importance of other named individuals, including judges and members of the government.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Superb read. Brilliant guy. Will provide fascinating insights into compensation sick individuals after the worst homeland disaster in recent American History. It was especially important information for me as I'm a former 9-11 responder.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Customer Images

Search

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?