The Trouble with Billionaires by Neil Brooks Linda McQuaig

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...why is there so little public anger on the streets in Britain? The authors ask the question but don't come up with an answer.
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The glittering lives of billionaires may seem like a harmless source of entertainment. But such concentrated economic power reverberates throughout society, threatening the quality of life and the very functioning of democracy. It's no accident that the United States claims the most billionaires—but suffers among the highest rates of infant mortality and crime, the shortest life expectancy, as well as the lowest rates of social mobility and electoral political participation in the developed world.

Our society tends to regard large fortunes as evidence of great talent or accomplishment. Yet the vast new wealth isn't due to an increase in talent or effort at the top, but rather to changing social attitudes legitimizing greed and government policy changes that favour the new elite. Authoritative and eye-opening, The Trouble with Billionaires will spark debate about the kind of society we want.

 

About Neil Brooks Linda McQuaig

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Journalist and Canadian bestselling author Linda McQuaig has a reputation for challenging the establishment. Winner of Canada's National Newspaper Award and an Atkinson Fellowship for Journalism in Public Policy, she has written for "The Globe and Mail, National Post, Montreal Gazette," and numerous national magazines. She now writes a weekly political column on the op-ed page of "The Toronto Star.
 
Published September 14, 2010 by Viking. 288 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences.
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Reviewed by John Kampfner on Jun 29 2013

...why is there so little public anger on the streets in Britain? The authors ask the question but don't come up with an answer.

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