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It a very insightful story of those who are super wealthy and how they influence those around them and in particular how the focus there money on government.
No where in the book summary or reviews was I warned that this is a collection of articles, not a book. What's wrong with that? It is very repetitive. If you have the stamina (or shortness of memory) to make it through this volume, you will hear Stiglitz's favorite phrases nearly a dozen times each.
Stiglitz has an important but limited repertoire of effectively describing causes and effects of inequality, followed by less effectively listing mitigating measures, and then lamely inferring that achieving greater equality would bring economic utopia and endless rapid growth. Having read many economists, I find Stiglitz to be comparatively shallow in terms of accounting for issues beyond his main concern. Inequality is only one among several significant economic challenges for the future. We also face the resource constraints, growing population, and the costs of dealing with climate change. The economist with the best grasp of all these issues is Herman Daly.