The Spirit Level by Kate Pickett & Richard Wilkinson

The Spirit Level

By Kate Pickett & Richard Wilkinson

  • Release Date: 2010-11-04
  • Genre: Sociology
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Description

Why do we mistrust people more in the UK than in Japan? Why do Americans have higher rates of teenage pregnancy than the French? What makes the Swedish thinner than the Greeks? The answer: inequality.

This groundbreaking book, based on years of research, provides hard evidence to show:

- How almost everything - from life expectancy to depression levels, violence to illiteracy - is affected not by how wealthy a society is, but how equal it is
- That societies with a bigger gap between rich and poor are bad for everyone in them - including the well-off
- How we can find positive solutions and move towards a happier, fairer future

Urgent, provocative and genuinely uplifting, The Spirit Level has been heralded as providing a new way of thinking about ourselves and our communities, and could change the way you see the world.

Reviews

  • Just read it..

    5
    By Ojetch
    Recommended to me by a friend over a year ago, I've only just got around to reading this book, mainly because I was reminded by a reference in another brilliant book I've just read, Treasure Islands by Nicholas Shaxson. Like Treasure Islands, this book is not a difficult read, but it's mind blowing stuff. There is so much evidence in The Spirit Level, modestly proposed, that it is difficult not to believe the central proposition: that we would *all* both rich and poor benefit by living in a more equal society. People with vested interests will attack it, of course; but I suggest you just read it and make up your own mind. For me, it has to be one of the most important books I've ever read and it will probably inform my political views for the rest of my life.
  • Chris Allen

    5
    By ott42
    this does not praise the eastern bloc economies, as one reviewer suggests. it does however bring together lots of statistics, mainly those gathered by the UN or OECD to illustrate that inequality in developed nations is a cancer we can all do without. buy it, share it, discuss it with anyone you can. then decide to act on what you know
  • Why do people still fall for this?

    1
    By ghrom
    Here we are again - a praise of communism. Contrary to the author I had first hand experience of living in this system of equality and none of his claims were true. Not a single one.
  • The word

    5
    By Gary uknw
    Denied by hardline rightwingers but actually quoted by Labour and Tories recently. This book talks of a future fair for all. How can that be a bad thing?

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