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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin UK (Dec 14 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241954290
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241954294
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #85,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Wilkinson and Pickett make an eloquent case that the income gap between a nation's richest and poorest is the most powerful indicator of a functioning and healthy society…Felicitous prose and fascinating findings make this essential reading.”—Publishers Weekly (starred)

“In this fascinating sociological study, the authors do an excellent job of presenting the research, analyzing nuances, and offering policy suggestions for creating more equal and sustainable societies. For all readers, specialized or not, with an interest in understanding the dynamics today between economic and social conditions.”—Library Journal

The Spirit Level will change the way you think about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, especially if you live in the United States. You will reexamine what it means to be successful, how you will seek and achieve personal satisfaction, and what you owe your fellow citizen.”—Jo Perry, BookBrowse.com

“It has taken two experts from the field of public health to deliver a major study of the effects of inequality on society. Though Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett are British, their research explores the United States in depth, and their work is an important contribution to the debate our country needs.”Robert B. Reich, from the foreword

“Might be the most important book of the year.”—Guardian

“Fascinating and deeply provoking…The Spirit Level does contain a powerful political message. It is impossible to read it and not to be impressed by how often greater equality appears to be the answer, whatever happens to be the question. It provides a connection between what otherwise look like disparate social problems.”—David Runciman, London Review of Books

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Richard Wilkinson has played a formative role in international research and his work has been published in 10 languages. He studied economic history at the London School of Economics before training in epidemiology and is Professor Emeritus at the University of Nottingham Medical School and Honorary Professor at University College London. Kate Pickett is a Professor of Epidemiology at the University of York and a National Institute for Health Research Career Scientist. She studied physical anthropology at Cambridge, nutritional sciences at Cornell and epidemiology at Berkeley before spending four years as an Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago. Her work, with Richard Wilkinson, on The Spirit Level was shortlisted for Research Project of the Year 2009 by the Times Higher Education Supplement, and their book was chosen as one of the Top Ten Books of the Decade, by the New Statesman.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Denis Pinsonnault on May 15 2010
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This book is very well documented. It allows us to get informed about the consequences of choices we collectively made for decades. At the same time, it shows us that health problems in America are not only medical problems that could be solved by an extended medicare system.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeanne Caswell on April 2 2013
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This is a book that every citizen should read. The "look out for yourself" attitude ultimately hurts all of us, and this book provides the data to prove it. It is unfortunate that inequality is increasing in our society.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By RondoReader on Jan. 4 2011
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One does not have to google too deep to be convinced the authors; Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, are active advocates for progressive causes so the uneasy feeling that the evidence presented in their book was sifted and selected to suit the author's preconceptions should not cause much surprise. Indeed, by the end of the book the authors have cast aside any pretence of being disinterested researchers. This is not to suggest their effort should be written off as political rhetoric, just that a grain or two of salt may be called for.

The bulk of the book is devoted to examining, one by one, various social ills and demonstrating they are correlated, in rich societies at least, to the degree of income inequality within the society. The greater the inequality; the worse off the society, regardless of its overall wealth. This explains, for example, why the USA, one of the world's wealthiest countries, has higher levels of mental illness, lower life expectancies and so on, than poorer countries in which income is distributed more equally than in the U.S. The results are consistent both in comparisons between selected rich countries and in comparisons between the U.S. individual states. The data presented is extensive and well documented.

It is easy to concur with the authors. After all, isn't it obvious that taking inequality to the extreme by limiting all income to one or a few individuals would be disastrous? And too, we have the example of the odious income of Wall Street bankers which has had less than ideal results. Still, some of the correlations cited are more difficult to accept as causal than others. For example, call it a gut feel but it seems likely something more than just income inequality is needed to explain high rates of obesity.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ronald W. Maron TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 2 2011
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DIAGNOSIS.......I do have to applaud the authors, Wilkinson and Pickett, for their inclusive research into this topic. While the numerous charts, graphs and descriptions do become somewhat repetitive at times, the message, itself, is very clear; Only in equality based societies can we experience a political and economic standard that views all persons as being deserving. In societies that have vast differences in wealth between those in the upper 10% income brackets vs. those in the lower 10% (such as the U.S.) the social ills are many times greater than in the equality based societies (Scandinavia). Teenage pregnancies, life expectancies, general health care, incarceration rates, acts of violence, prejudices and racism, etc... are all glaring examples of excess in the unequally based social structures.

PROGNOSIS......I do have to fully disagree with the author's and their solutions on how to reverse this decadent trend. They speak of the overall history of mankind as having evolved from cave-man status, past slavery and into greater and more equal civil rights and, by doing so, imply that we shall evolve past our unequal status into one that is more congenial for all involved. Unfortunately what the authors fail to take into account is that not all societies evolve. Some simply decay and die. If upward social evolution were always the case we would all be still under the control of the Roman Empire! No, there are numerous cultures and societies that have reached an apex and then failed from their internal workings. They no longer considered what was best for society as a whole but, rather, what was best for the controlling elite and what steps they needed to take to increase both their monies and overall power and social control.
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This analysis of income inequality and its effects on societies worldwide is compelling. If politicians do not heed the conclusions, humanity will suffer.
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