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Ending Economic Inequality

French economist Thomas Pinketty takes on nothing less than the history and future of capitalism in search of a solution to pernicious wealth inequality.

In this New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Sunday Times bestseller – and winner of the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Books of the Year awards – French economist Thomas Piketty offers what columnist Paul Krugman called in The New York Times “[a] magnum opus…[that] will be the most important economics book of the year ― and maybe of the decade.” 

Piketty offers a profound, multileveled, nearly 700-page contemplation of the patterns of inequality throughout history, rather than – as many economists would – econometric equations and formulas. The narratives and insights Piketty gleans from his comprehensive research and presents in this epic volume confirm for him a fundamental trend: Inequality is growing.


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