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Who Gets What: Fair Compensation after Tragedy and Financial Upheaval Kindle Edition
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In Who Gets What?, Feinberg reveals the deep thought that must go into each decision, not to mention the most important question that arises after a tragedy: why compensate at all? The result is a remarkably accessible discussion of the practical and philosophical problems of using money as a way to address wrongs and reflect individual worth.
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.
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.”
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
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About the Author
- ASIN : B0080K3QJE
- Publisher : PublicAffairs (June 26, 2012)
- Publication date : June 26, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 1122 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
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- Print length : 242 pages
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This a smart read on the monetary settlement, for victims, of five major horrific events in American history. Kenneth Fienberg walks us through his thought process to come to logical, legal and moral frame work on financial settlement victims of these tragedies receive. I do have a disagreement with the amount of settlement difference between Agent Orange, 9-11 and Hokie resolutions.
We don't get any clarity about how we should handle the next big disaster. It seems that we should have this dialogue before and not after there is a national tragedy that needs us to attend to our fallen Heros. Money is very important to get the families back on track, but it will not replace the loved one. Nothing is said about the programs that could be put in place to deal with the loss of loved ones. I see that as a flaw in what we are trying to accomplish. We give a check and go away and think that all is well. It is only the beginning as these brave families try to rebuild their lives. I was in NYC, shortly after 9-11, walking near the Trade Center and was literally brought to my knees with the memorial boards that were put up for loved ones lost in the towers. 9-11 was a monumental event that changed the world as we knew it and it is just and fitting that we stepped up for the fallen heros.
Personal responsibilty is touched on this book, but only in passing. The question I have is why don't more individuals have life insurance? The idea is income protection for one's family and loved ones. As a nation we are ok with a five hundred a month car payment, but don't have any family wealth protection.
We are fortunate to have someone like Kenneth Fienberg serving us during these national disasters.
If you are a tax payer, I recommend you read this book.
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.
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
Interesting and a good read overall. Still, I felt slightly cheated. B/B+