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Spirit Level Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger

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ISBN-10: 1608190366

ISBN-13: 9781608190362

Edition: 2009

Authors: Kate Pickett, Richard Wilkinson, Robert B. Reich

List price: $28.00
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The eye-opening and headline-generating UK bestseller that shows how one single factorthe gap between its richest and poorest memberscan determine the health and well-being of a society."This is a book with a big idea, big enough to change political thinking...In half a page [The Spirit Level] tells you more about the pain of inequality than any play or novel could." Sunday Times(UK )It is well established that in rich societies the poor have shorter lives and suffer more from almost every social problem. Now a groundbreaking book, based on thirty years' research, takes an important step past this idea.The Spirit Levelshows that there is one common factor that links the healthiest and happiest societies: the degree of equality among their members. Not wealth; not resources; not culture, climate, diet, or system of government. Furthermore, more-unequal societies are bad for almost everyone within themthe well-off as well as the poor.The remarkable data assembled inThe Spirit Levelreveals striking differences, not only among the nations of the first world but even within America's fifty states. Almost every modern social problemill-health, violence, lack of community life, teen pregnancy, mental illnessis more likely to occur in a less-equal society. This is why America, by most measures the richest country on earth, has per capita shorter average lifespan, more cases of mental illness, more obesity, and more of its citizens in prison than any other developed nation.Wilkinson and Pickett lay bare the contradiction between material success and social failure in today's world, but they do not simply provide a diagnosis of our woes. They offer readers a way toward a new political outlook, shifting from self-interested consumerism to a friendlier, more sustainable society.The Spirit Levelis pioneering in its research, powerful in its revelations, and inspiring in its conclusion: Armed with this new understanding of why communities prosper, we have the tools to revitalize our politics and help all our fellow citizens, from the bottom of the ladder to the top.
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Book details

List price: $28.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Publication date: 12/22/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Robert B. Reich is a writer, educator, politician, and advisor. He was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania on June 24, 1946. He earned a B.A. at Dartmouth College in 1968 and received a Rhodes scholarship to attend Oxford University, where he earned his M.A. in 1970. In 1973, he received his J.D. from Yale University. Reich was an assistant to the Solicitor General in the U.S. Department of Justice from 1974 to 1976. He directed the policy planning staff of the Federal Trade Commission from 1976 to 1981 and taught on the faculty of Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government from 1981 to 1992. He served as the 22nd Secretary of Labor from 1993 to 1997 under President Bill Clinton. He became the University Professor and the Maurice B. Hexter Professor of Social and Economic Policy at Brandies University in 1997. He is currently the Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. Regan has had articles published in every major newspaper in the United States, as well as many magazines. He has written numerous books including Locked in the Cabinet, Reason: Why Liberals Will Win the Battle for America, Supercapitalism: The Transformation of Business, Democracy, and Everyday Life, and Aftershock: The Next Economy and America's Future. In 2003, he was awarded the Vaclev Havel Foundation Prize for his pioneering work in economic and social thought.

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Material Success, Social Failure
The end of an era
Poverty or inequality?
How inequality gets under the skin
The Costs of Inequality
Community life and social relations
Mental health and drug use
Physical health and life expectancy
Obesity: wider income gaps, wider waists
Educational performance
Teenage births: recycling deprivation
Violence: gaining respect
Imprisonment and punishment
Social mobility: unequal opportunities
A Better Society
Dysfunctional societies
Our social inheritance
Equality and sustainability
Building the future