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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…    
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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.…    

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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