[Download] The Price of Inequality: How Today's Divided Society Endangers Our Future By Joseph E. Stiglitz

The Price of Inequality: How Today's Divided Society Endangers Our Future

By: Joseph E. Stiglitz
Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
Length: 13 hours
Release date: Jun 11, 2012
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The top 1 percent of Americans control 40 percent of the nation's wealth. And, as Joseph E. Stiglitz explains, while those at the top enjoy the best health care, education, and benefits of wealth, they fail to realize that "their fate is bound up with how the other 99 percent live."

Stiglitz draws on his deep understanding of economics to show that growing inequality is not inevitable: moneyed interests compound their wealth by stifling true, dynamic capitalism. They have made America the most unequal advanced industrial country while crippling growth, trampling on the rule of law, and undermining democracy. The result: a divided society that cannot tackle its most pressing problems. With characteristic insight, Stiglitz examines our current state, then teases out its implications for democracy, for monetary and budgetary policy, and for globalization. He closes with a plan for a more just and prosperous future.
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63 Responses to “[Download] The Price of Inequality: How Today’s Divided Society Endangers Our Future By Joseph E. Stiglitz”

  1. Kris Berdy

    extraordinary
    Where does The Price of Inequality rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

  2. Howard

    Smart guy, but too dogmatic
    I can think of little I gained from this listen. Most of us know why inequality is a problem. This author fails to project humility and that makes it hard to accept his ideas. I get the impression that if we gave this guy total control of our economy, he would be happy to take over. And then he would have a whole list of pedantic excuses for what went wrong when his policies failed. Like many elites, he seems prepared to do unjust things to achieve desired results–damn the repercussions. He thinks huge national debts are no problem. He may be the only economist who thinks that. He sees no reason to worry about runaway inflation. He thinks economic forces like that can always be brought under control and he sounds annoyed by people who think of economics in the traditional way. The reader is left feeling that economics is mysterious except to people like him.

  3. Alex Thomas

    #1 econ how2 reinvent america
    #1 econ explanatiom of reinvent america. triumph of the city and patchwork nation also useful

  4. Kurt Handin

    Terrific book for anyone
    Where does The Price of Inequality rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

  5. Fredric Sanosyan

    Informative yet repetitive
    The book makes a lot of good points, asks good questions and instead of just complaining offers solutions.

    But it could have been shorter. Several times I’d stop to double check that I somehow didn’t rewind the book because I’d heard that section before.

  6. Garfield Schoon

    Poor narration, important topic
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

  7. Anh Coate

    An Excellent and Insightful Analysis
    What did you love best about The Price of Inequality?

  8. Joe Felder

    May be one of the most important books this decade
    A very gripping description of what research has to say about where we are going as a nation. I was transfixed throughout the narration as I took in all of the data. I can’t recommend this too highly.

  9. Colin Wright

    A Must Read For Every American
    Well written, forcefully sets forth information that is easily understood about a vital topic that will affect us all in this century. In light of the results of the 2016 election it explains the anger of the American electorate, and the conflict that threatens to end the democratic experiment known as the United States of America.

  10. Brenton Gavette

    A Book Every American Should Read
    What made the experience of listening to The Price of Inequality the most enjoyable?

  11. RODNEY K.

    NO SUBSTANCE
    What would have made The Price of Inequality better?

  12. Jillian C.

    Well researched . . . well presented
    I never studied economics – and was not aware of most of the content of this book. It is “heavy” and important to be aware . . . especially in this election year!! Heads up – Americans – “read” this and go to the polls!!! (and make sure your friends do too!)

  13. Rufus Hannifan

    Great Book
    This is a really thoughtful, well-argued book. You will gain valuable new perspectives on economics and American society from reading it.

  14. Rickie Varel

    Clear information, clear suggestions
    What did you love best about The Price of Inequality?

  15. Len F.

    Simple and smart
    As an Economics student I must say that most of the authors in economics try to say simple things in a hard way, specially is they are neo-liberal ones.

    Stiglitz makes an amazing argument and explains step by step.

    This book made me structure much better my own thinking of equality and the role of government in our society.

  16. Virgie Wanda

    Naive, but well intentioned
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

  17. Modesto Berke

    learn why the American dream is disappearing!
    Never knew the taxpayers subsided so many businesses. But I have little hope of it getting better in my lifetime .

  18. Hugo Fishbein

    Contens everything I wanted to know about
    What made the experience of listening to The Price of Inequality the most enjoyable?

  19. Robbi K.

    Too much conspiracy theory and repitition
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

  20. Diane B.

    Great Narration, Great book, even better writer
    Stieglitz is one of my favorite writers/economists. His intentional simplicity often cuts through the seemingly deep economical concepts and explains the world in the most basic way possible without losing sight of the overarching point that he’s trying to make. Narration was good too!

  21. Donetta Pinena

    Impressive
    If you could sum up The Price of Inequality in three words, what would they be?

  22. Marvel Triece

    A lot of conjectures and divisive language.
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

  23. Melodi A.

    Great!
    This is an outstanding explanation of the changes that have been occurring in the US, resulting in a widening gap between the very wealthy and the rest of us. Stiglitz spares neither Republicans or Democrats in explaining how our whole system has been increasingly overtaken by moneyed interests, and accordingly warped to serve their interests. If you are interested in the fate of our democracy and are concerned about the direction of the country, especially in the last couple of decades, this is a must read!

  24. Peter

    Great Book!
    What made the experience of listening to The Price of Inequality the most enjoyable?

  25. Lester Kontogianis

    This is a book that will genuinely frighten you.
    If you could sum up The Price of Inequality in three words, what would they be?

  26. Matthew J.

    Paul Ryan Should Read This Book
    If you could sum up The Price of Inequality in three words, what would they be?

  27. Tenisha Vermeesch

    Gave it several hours worth of listening
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

  28. Clemente Grimmett

    Like going to school
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

  29. Laverna Berenguer

    Not a book on economics
    This is purely political propaganda. Utter garbage. Do not think that you will learn anything from this book. This is merely a collection of all of the left talking points with some embellishment. And of course, you can’t have a leftist book without constantly referencing the right and how wrong they are… I’m guessing that just because the right is wrong, that makes the left correct by elimination of something. I picked up this book because i wanted to understand where the left is coming from, but there wasn’t a single bit of actual data in this book other than your typical fluff that you hear every day on the news. Don’t waste your time, and please don’t feed the trolls.

  30. Jewell B.

    Very interesting! I found it great!
    What did you love best about The Price of Inequality?

  31. Louis S.

    More Uncompromised Attitudes
    What disappointed you about The Price of Inequality?

  32. Keenan G.

    Wow a real eye opener
    Always leaned center right but Damn this is a mess we must fix both parties should be ashamed

  33. Gina Myhand

    Economy for the 1% by the 1%
    Economy for the 1%, by the 1% and of the 1% pretty much explains The Price of Inequality. Stiglitz’s talks about how the policies since pre-Reagan have kept the 1% fully in control and that even though they felt the downturns in the economy they were protected by total devastation that many incurred. The author’s discussion of the failing student load program that impoverishes new job seekers who are entering an economy with fewer jobs due to automation and off shoring was eye opening.

  34. Han Sensel

    Enlightening look into how things really work. I
    I recommend it, gave me a much better understanding of how the economic machine works. Everyone should know and understand this

  35. Bradford Parten

    An economic book that is meant to be read by all.
    The widening economic gap between the top 1% and the bottom 99% can be felt not just in America but also around the world.
    Stiglitz’ analysis of inequality that is made worse by rent-seeking, restricted social mobility and erroneous macroeconomic policies are enlightening.
    I’m not an economics practitioner, but I greatly appreciate this Stiglitz’ masterpiece.

  36. Lore Kuman

    The cost of reading a poor book… disappointment
    It is rare that I write a review and have never started halfway through a book… but I fear I will not finish this book and find myself so disappointed that I feel compelled to write something. Joseph Stiglitz sets up soft arguments and knocks them down. He uses statistics, historical perspective and data in an unbalanced way that weaken the usefulness of his conclusions. For those looking for a serious discussion as to the costs of inequality this is not your book, sorry.

  37. Chester Dobrzykowski

    An outstanding book
    What made the experience of listening to The Price of Inequality the most enjoyable?

  38. Osvaldo Huirgs

    Overwhelming case describing inequality in US
    What made the experience of listening to The Price of Inequality the most enjoyable?

  39. Esotariq

    Great In-Depth Analysis
    wide coverage of all the relevant topics. A bit long though and I was looking forward to getting to the end!

  40. Reginald Geibel

    Inequality Threatens Sustainability
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Price of Inequality to be better than the print version?

  41. Donny Saccardi

    Progressive drivel
    What would have made The Price of Inequality better?

  42. Lakesha Broll

    Important and clearly presented
    Stiglitz lays out a compelling view of our increasingly unequal society. Causes, implications, and how we might address the problems are discussed with clarity. While this issues from the “liberal” side of the political spectrum – it is one to read if a balanced view of our current political debate is desired.

  43. Remona Daughters

    It’s like a SJW book, like the reader can do anything
    Especially found it hilarious when they go and say that the rich should get taxed 50-70% of their income – like that will happen and if so (a big if) they just find different loopholes to save like put their money in a international bank like service already does – it’s called tax havens like Ireland or the Caribbean or even London, UK. Check out the documentary “the price we pay”

  44. Alethea Lamberton

    great idea
    If you could sum up The Price of Inequality in three words, what would they be?

  45. Ike Bynum

    A very important message and perspective
    Where does The Price of Inequality rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

  46. W. Max Hollmann

    Hold on to your wallet!
    What disappointed you about The Price of Inequality?

  47. Nathanael H.

    Prepare to have your naivety removed
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

  48. Earl L.

    Important reading
    The title says it all. The author presents well reasoned, well documented arguments about how the average citizen is losing out to special interests.

  49. Ying Lopiccalo

    Important book
    Well argued and will make you angry. This book should be mandatory for Business students, if for no other reason than to give them some perspective of a side never taught in business school.
    I have an MBA and remember clearly the skepticism and derision heaped on the one professor who presented a balanced perspective. This book would stand a chance at giving the other side a fair hearing both because it is well argued and because of the author’s credentials

  50. Marta Vailes

    simplifying the mess we’re in
    The author provided evidence and personal and professional experience to make several cases dealing with the state of American society as it currently, or recently, stands.

  51. Carter A.

    Excellent! Enlightening! Maddening.
    Excellent narrative on the chasm between those few at the top and the million struggling to get by. His facts grab you – leading you to learn more.

    For the general person working day to day, its hard to think…to even imagine that we are simply playthings being manipulated for the pure greed and enjoyment of a group of billionaires and mega-corporations.

    Everyone needs to read this and get inspired..get mad. Then do something. Even if only to vote.

  52. Otha Majeske

    Amazing to try new economic models
    I have yet to pass through the 1st chapter and yet, I think is one of the best books to construct history, that will later become inputs to discuss with broader knowledge of one of the most respected professors at Columbia University!

  53. Margarite Issacs

    Too dense for an audiobook
    This book remains a very important analysis of the economic malfeasance of the US banking sector and the failure of oversight by government. It is tough going because Stiglitz is writing for an informed audience and expects his readers to keep up. He comes across as partisan but doles out equal blame onto the Reagan, Clinton, Bush, and Obama administrations — the last one for its utter failure in the banks bail-out in 2008. He is equally critical of the Federal Reserve with its preference for large corporate and financial institutions rather than people.
    Everyone should read this, and Americans should vote Sanders as the best chance of getting any of it implemented.

  54. Manual Teichrow

    Very Informative
    The roots of the hyperpartisanism were clearly explained – at least this authors hypothesis. What was really interesting are the games that politicians play to get what THEY want and there are times that what they want is not in alignment with what is best for their constituents.

    I was of the belief that the present lack of bipartisan cooperation was due to Obama being an African American (and I do believe that plays a big part especially in the minds of some very vocal voters) but I have come to realize that there are bigger issues at play.

  55. Dani Smith

    Thorough analysis, easy to follow
    This is a critical analysis of the problems with our nation’s economy and government, showing how both the free market and the government controls are failing the Vast majority of Americans (and because of globalization, many in other countries). Its conclusions are probably only obvious to US liberals, but as one I got a lot of great sources of studies to support that position.
    It is biased, of course, but he also points out a lot that I think the Right would agree with – that rent seeking behavior, and policies that support it, are huge burdens on our economy. The conclusion of the need for eliminating rent seeking by taxation on those practices and closing loopholes in our tax code is probably not universal, but it’s sound and he supports it well. Maybe audiobooks omit citations because of narrative flow, but I would have liked more links to specific studies.

  56. Laurence Dinco

    Convincing arguments
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Price of Inequality to be better than the print version?

  57. Carey Chancey

    globalization and automation
    A self-­replicating establishment built on “meritocratic” competition, the debt-driven collapse of 2008 – uncontrollable technological and social change that has produced a two-tier society.
    PS. Conservative advocates of pure free markets. The author, Nobel laureate, argues, that free and competitive market is highly beneficial to society at large, but that it needs government regulation and oversight to remain functional.

  58. N. Moore

    loved the perspective
    Great to listen to. I really liked the way topics and counter arguments wove together.

  59. Morton Kardux

    Nobel Laureate economist explains inequality Hell
    This book on the U.S. descent into the divide between the 1% and the 99% is a good lay introduction to how the U.S. fell into deep wealth inequality. The author, Joseph Stiglitz, is a Nobel Prize-winning economist and served as the Chairman of Economic Advisers under Clinton and as Chief Economist of the World Bank. He understands what he’s talking about and so, he can make it clear to lay readers.

    Stiglitz provides evidence that Trickle-Down Economics combined with the Libertarian agenda of reducing regulations on corporations has resulted in the highest level of income inequality since the 1920’s. We’re also suffering from the lowest economic mobility of any developed country–lower than experienced in Europe and Japan. Stiglitz presents the dismal economic and social consequences of our sky-high and growing inequality.

    He is short on solutions, but long on explanations. You really understand what is going on economically in the U.S. at this time. The book explains the daily headlines that we see.

    For more on why income inequality matters, I highly recommend "The Spirit Level," also available from service. It details out the health and social consequences of inequality that underlie the current political turmoil in the U.S. today.

  60. Korey Kuntzman

    Bad science
    This is a very subjective piece that attacks Capitalism and Republicans and generally exonerates the left.There is plenty of blame to go around. The author starts with his conclusion and justifies it with selected facts. I was hoping for an objective piece and this was very disappointing.

    The whiney narration emphasized the tone of the book!

  61. Dorothy Hardie

    Open Perspective
    Where does The Price of Inequality rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

  62. Patrick Mabry, Jr.

    Fpr all, but the Rent Seeking
    The Price of Inequality by Nobel Prize winner, Joseph E. Stiglitz is by far the best book on Economics that I have read. His arguments will not be embraced by the free market advocates, but to those with an open mind and some social conscience his explanations of the issues at play in our country will resonate. His illustration of how the very rich are able to use many rent seeking devices to redirect wealth to themselves is very clear and hard to refute. His speculation of where the American economy is heading is alarming. I think his book ought to be mandatory reading for all undergraduate economics students.

  63. Delois O.

    Required Reading
    This book is an illuminating foray into the failings of our current political and economic systems. Presented in clear and cogent writing, it is spellbinding. Insightful identification of the problems and commonsensical solutions to eradicate them. Explains the current Trump phenomenon, where some of the 99% have finally discovered that they have been played. However because of racism, nativism, and ignorance, have misdirected their anger at the wrong people!

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