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Billionaires’ Ball: Gluttony and Hubris in an Age of Epic Inequality

Billionaires’ Ball: Gluttony and Hubris in an Age of Epic Inequality

Author Linda McQuaig
Publisher Beacon Press
Publication Date 2012-03-27
Section New Hardcover - Nonfiction / Politics
Type New
Format Hardcover
ISBN 9780807003398

The concentration of wealth today in such a small number of hands inevitably created a dynamic that led to freewheeling financial speculation—a dynamic that produced similarly disastrous results in the last great age of inequality, in the 1920s. Such concentrated economic power reverberates throughout society, threatening the quality of life and the very functioning of democracy.

As McQuaig and Brooks illustrate, it's no accident that the United States claims the most billionaires but suffers from among the highest rates of infant mortality and crime, the shortest life expectancy, and the lowest rates of social mobility and electoral political participation in the developed world.

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