Plutocrats by Chrystia Freeland
The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else

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9 Critic Reviews

... as ammunition for Occupy Wall Street and other political proselytizers, it is the catnip they need to continue chasing their collective tail...their quest for “fairness” will never be achieved by new laws, regulations or taxes.
-NY Journal of Books

Synopsis

A Financial Times Best Book of the Year
Shortlisted for the Lionel Gelber Prize

There has always been some gap between rich and poor in this country, but recently what it means to be rich has changed dramatically. Forget the 1 percent—Plutocrats proves that it is the wealthiest 0.1 percent who are outpacing the rest of us at breakneck speed. Most of these new fortunes are not inherited, amassed instead by perceptive businesspeople who see themselves as deserving victors in a cutthroat international competition. With empathy and intelligence, Plutocrats reveals the consequences of concentrating the world’s wealth into fewer and fewer hands. Propelled by fascinating original interviews with the plutocrats themselves, Plutocrats is a tour de force of social and economic history, the definitive examination of inequality in our time.
 

About Chrystia Freeland

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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 Canada's 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.
 
Published October 11, 2012 by Penguin Books. 353 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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All: 9 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Above average
on Aug 13 2012

Not exactly the Communist Manifesto, but Freeland’s book ought to make news of its own as she makes the rounds—well worth reading.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Nicholas Lezard on Oct 08 2013

That Freeland is probably not going to be your best political friend should not put you off. It will also make you laugh in a very bitter way when you recall the slogan of the recent Tory conference: "for hard-working people".

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Ian Birrell on Nov 01 2012

Her findings are fleshed out with fine research, strong statistics and neat nuggets of information.

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Blog Critics

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Reviewed by Dr Joseph Maresca on Nov 13 2012

Plutocrats is an important book to read in order to glean avenues where there is money to be made...The author doesn't, however, place enough emphasis on the huge need for blue collar workers to rebuild failing infrastructure throughout the world.

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NY Journal of Books

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Reviewed by Robert Nersesian on Oct 11 2012

... as ammunition for Occupy Wall Street and other political proselytizers, it is the catnip they need to continue chasing their collective tail...their quest for “fairness” will never be achieved by new laws, regulations or taxes.

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National Post arts

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Reviewed by Richard Poplak on Nov 02 2012

Freeland’s research is so deep, her access so impressive that she could write it in an afternoon in Monaco. This is not that book.

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USA Today

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Reviewed by Jon Rosen on Nov 11 2012

...Freeland does not vilify her super-rich protagonists – a nonpartisan approach that helps make Plutocrats harder to ignore.

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Macleans

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Reviewed by Chris Sorensen on Nov 01 2012

Freeland’s book is at its strongest providing a window into the thinking of this new class.

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National Post arts

Above average
Reviewed by Richard Poplak on Nov 02 2012

Studded with numbers and economic data, and despite the odd error — Xiamen is a city in Fujian Province, and not a province itself — it is as complete a work of economic journalism as one could hope for.

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