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“It is a great work, a fearsome beast of analysis stuffed with an awesome amount of empirical data, and will surely be a landmark study in economics.” —The Week

“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. Piketty, arguably the world’s leading expert on income and wealth inequality, does more than document the growing concentration of income in the hands of a small economic elite. He also makes a powerful case that we’re on the way back to ‘patrimonial capitalism,’ in which the commanding heights of the economy are dominated not just by wealth, but also by inherited wealth, in which birth matters more than effort and talent.” —New York Times

“Over the last decade or so, economist Thomas Piketty has made his name central to serious discussions of inequality…. Piketty expands upon his empirical work of the last 10 years, while also setting forth a political theory of inequality. This last element of the book gives special attention to tax policy and makes some provocative suggestions—new and higher taxes on the very rich.” —Forbes

“Essential reading for citizens of the here and now.” —Kirkus, starred review

“An extraordinary sweep of history backed by remarkably detailed data and analysis… Piketty’s economic analysis and historical proofs are breathtaking.” ―The Guardian

“What makes Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century such a triumph is that it seems to have been written specifically to demolish the great economic shibboleths of our time…. Piketty’s magnum opus.”―Salon

“[A] 700-page punch in the plutocracy’s pampered gut… It’s been half a century since a book of economic history broke out of its academic silo with such fireworks.” ―The Times

“Thomas Piketty of the Paris School of Economics has done the definitive comparative historical research on income inequality in his Capital in the Twenty-First Century.” ―New York Review of Books

“The book aims to revolutionize the way people think about the economic history of the past two centuries. It may well manage the feat.” ―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.” ―Washington Post

“Piketty has written an extraordinarily important book…. In its scale and sweep it brings us back to the founders of political economy.” ―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.” ―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.” ―The Nation

About the Author

Thomas Piketty is Professor at the Paris School of Economics and at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS).

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  • Publisher : Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (February 17, 2015)
  • Language : English
  • ISBN-10 : 1491591617
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1491591611
  • Item Weight : 3.5 ounces
  • Dimensions : 6.75 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wise, punchy and convincing
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding analysis of inequality
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read, but arduous. Pick chapters that interest you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read, but arduous. Pick chapters that interest you.
Reviewed in India on May 2, 2019
I found this book quite fascinating. The author is able to weave through history of income inequality and juxtapose it with current data gathered from US, UK, France, China and India. Quite a good read.

However, the first 100, pages may be a bain to start. Keep at it and you will find the journey rewarding in the end.

Let me iterate this is not a casual reading book ... it is a serious study of the world's inequality and being quite voluminous requires significant ability to concentrate and maintain focus ...You also would need to have some understanding of basic economics to appreciate the work. Piketty, uses a lots of technical terms and rightly so perhaps, which refer to economics principles of demand and supply, r & g (rate of growth of capital vs growth of economy) at al, and lots of tables and charts. This is in that sense not a beginner's book. It's a book by an economist for economist. So don't be ashamed to skip sections of the book which are above you pay grade. There are a lot of interesting case studies, which buttress the central theme "Inequality and how money makes more money".

His proposal for Global Tax on Capital (as he himself puts it) is quite "utopian" in its construct. However it's a start, because the alternative of high tariffs and capital control is an unsatisfactory substitute.

My only advice is to not read the book from cover to cover and pick chapters which interest you. The second half of the book is really interesting. There are some good case studies, like the Havard University's $30 billion endowment and how they manage it, which are quite fascinating to read.

So don't miss those fascinating parts. To conclude I would say, Piketty has done a great job of harnessing data over several decades, curated, analysed and build a compelling case of " rising capital inequality", however, the proposed solution is quite ambitious and needs to be further fleshed out in context of global politics. Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Awesome Read 😃👍
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good content spoilt by long overly indulgent prose
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