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  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; Reprint edition (May 26 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691165629
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691165622
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 3.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #60,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Angus Deaton, Winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Economics"

"Winner of the 2013 William G. Bowen Award, Industrial Relations Section of Princeton University"

"One of Bloomberg Businessweek’s Best Books of 2015, chosen by John Snow"

"One of Bloomberg/Businessweek Best Books of 2013, selected by Christopher L. Eisgruber (president of Princeton University)"

"One of Forbes Magazine’s Best Books of 2013"

"Honorable Mention for the 2013 PROSE Award in Economics, Association of American Publishers"

"Shortlisted for the 2014 Spear’s Book Awards in Financial History"

"Longlisted for the 2013 Business Book of the Year Award, Financial Times/Goldman Sachs"

"A "Best Business Book of the Year for 2013" selected on LinkedIn by Matthew Bishop, Economics Editor of The Economist"

"Featured in The Sunday Times 2013 Holiday Roundup"

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"There is nobody better than Angus Deaton to explain why our lives are longer, healthier, and more prosperous than those of our great-grandparents. The story he tells is much more than an inexorable march of progress--it has also been unequal, uneven, and incomplete, and at each step, politics has played a defining role. This is a must-read for anybody interested in the wealth and health of nations."--Daron Acemoglu, coauthor ofWhy Nations Fail


"At once engaging and compassionate, this is an uplifting story by a major scholar."--Paul Collier, author ofThe Bottom Billion


"Magisterial and superb."--William Easterly, author ofThe White Man's Burden


"The Great Escapetells the two biggest stories in history: how humanity got healthy and wealthy, and why some people got so much healthier and wealthier than others. Angus Deaton, one of the world's leading development economists, takes us on an extraordinary journey--from an age when almost everyone was poor and sick to one where most people have escaped these evils--and he tells us how the billion still trapped in extreme poverty can join in this great escape. Everyone who wants to understand the twenty-first century should read this book."--Ian Morris, author ofWhy the West Rules--for Now


"Deaton's account of global advances in health is magisterial. It is especially convincing in disentangling economic progress from technological growth as sources of health improvements. A very big story, this book should affect the way we think about human development and the role of science and science-based government programs. The language is modest and graceful, the use of evidence compelling, and the illustrations highly attractive."--Samuel Preston, University of Pennsylvania


"This factual, sober, and very timely book deals with issues surrounding the higher incomes and longer lives enjoyed by an increasing proportion of the world's population. It assesses improvements in conditions that would have seemed almost a fantasy for people living only a few generations ago. Deaton's arguments, written in an elegant and accessible style, are powerful and challenge conventional opinions."--Branko Milanovic, author ofThe Haves and the Have-Nots


"This splendid book discusses how, in the last two hundred fifty years, large numbers of people have achieved levels of well-being that were previously available only to a few individuals, and how this achievement has given rise to equally unprecedented inequalities. Unique in its focus and scope, exceptional knowledge and coherence, and careful argumentation,The Great Escapeis highly illuminating and a delight to read."--Thomas Pogge, Yale University


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