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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Canada; First Edition edition (Oct. 16 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385669712
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385669719
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3.3 x 24.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #29,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2013 Lionel Gelber Prize Winner
Winner of the National Business Book Award

Plutocrats takes a reflective, insightful and well-researched look at the economic disparity that has emerged between the ‘super rich’ - a small number of immensely wealthy people - and the rest of society.”
National Business Book Award

Plutocrats took the prize for its immediacy and authority about the future —the world that we must comprehend and hope to manage in radically new circumstances.”
—Lionel Gelber Prize Jury Chair William Thorsell
 
“Freeland explores consequent issues of equity and accountability with fluency and intimacy, capturing the human dimension of a powerful and disturbing phenomenon.”
—Lionel Gelber Prize jurors
 
“Chrystia Freeland is an example of the strength and creativity of Canada's authors.”
—The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, on the presentation of the 2013 Lionel Gelber Prize
 
“If you want to understand the forces that are shaping democratic capitalism, I have a terrific book for you. It’s Chrystia Freeland’s Plutocrats, the winner of this year’s Lionel Gelber Prize for the best English-language book on international affairs. . . . Plutocrats is an intimate portrait of the world’s new super-elites.”
The Globe and Mail

Plutocrats isn’t a book about the lifestyles of the fabulously wealthy, but rather the global trends the book’s titular class surfed to success. . . . Rife with impressive analysis.”
The Observer

“Chrystia Freeland’s new book Plutocrats: the Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else throws a hand grenade into the (hopeful) belief that the economic system is just going through a bad patch. . . . Her message is both ground-breaking and chilling.”
Toronto Star

“The issue of rising inequality poses a threat to all economic systems but none more so than those anchored in the free market and democracy. Those who agree with this statement will not be able to put Chrystia Freeland’s book down once they have picked it up. For those who disagree, Plutocrats should be required reading.”
—The Right Honourable Paul Martin

“Ms. Freeland is a storied journalist and a superb raconteur. The book is a page-turner, equal parts voyeurism and analytic tour de force. . . . You may celebrate or disdain the Return of the Gilded Age, but Freeland meticulously lays bare the feedback loop between economics and politics that brought us here. . . . Reading [Plutocrats] is a bit like watching capitalism eat itself and wondering . . . will it all end with a Cheshire Cat's smile?”
—Armine Yalnizyan

About the Author

CHRYSTIA FREELAND is the global editor-at-large at Reuters news agency following years of service at The Financial Times both in New York and London. She was the deputy editor of The Globe and Mail, and has reported for The Financial Times, The Economist, and The Washington Post. Freeland's last book was Sale of a Century: The Inside Story of the Second Russian Revolution. She lives in New York City.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Johnson on Sept. 9 2014
Format: Hardcover
No solutions, only statistics. I feel as though the author capitalized on the social movement against the 1% we recently saw around the world with the Occupy protests. Since she does not want to take a stand, I feel she simply wanted to make money. She recently won a seat with the Liberals in Parliament. So maybe she didn't want to say anything in the book, knowing that she would be expected to act when in power, don't bother reading this. Some people are rich some are not, here is a summary...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Glad Freer on May 9 2014
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Everyone should read this book if they want to learn what is happening in the world with respect to our economy.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Ruiz on March 29 2013
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Well written extremely informative. Confims my observations and raisese serious questions for anyone who thinks they are living in a democracy.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Relda Akkerman on March 16 2013
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How do I write this review? Lots of good solid research. Reads like a textbook on economics at times. Very repetitive. I found it hard to get through, but it opened up a brand new world that I usually try to avoid reading and learning about. It's hard not to let jealousies enter the picture since we are talking about multi-billionaires and millionaires. However, once you enter that world, you begin to see how some people are just born with the capabilities of making it happen. I think I am glad I read this book. And I know a lot more as to why companies think the way they do. I also learned a lot of names and places that are globally significant. I honestly had no idea about this world! How could I have been so uninformed!
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Leon Robert Mcnarry on Jan. 19 2013
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Excessive incomes need to be underst ood, not as earned wealth, but as monies which are deprived from public use.
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