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Hailed as "the guide to capitalism", the New York Times best seller Wealth and Poverty is one of the most influential economics books of all time and has sold more than one million copies since its first release. In this modern classic, Gilder affirms the moral superiority of free-market capitalism and explains why supply-side economics is more effective at decreasing poverty than government-regulated markets.
Now, in a completely updated edition of Wealth and Poverty, Gilder compares America’s current economic challenges with its past economic problems - particularly those of the late 1970s - and explains why Obama’s big-government, redistributive policies are doing more harm than good for the poor.
Making the case that supply-side economics and free-market policies are - and always will be - the answer to decreasing America’s poverty rate and increasing her prosperity, Wealth and Poverty offers solutions to America’s current economic problems and hope to those who fear that our best days are behind us.
©2012 George Gilder (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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"One should not underestimate what Gilder accomplished in this volume." (Freeman)
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By Jake on 11-26-13

The Original is a Classic

What would have made Wealth and Poverty better?

I am disappointed in this new edition. The degrees of logic and social commentary in this edition is disappointingly poor. I highly recommend you skip this addition and seek out an original edition. Read that with a mind toward the time period and environment it was written. The genius of Gilder is not his ability to defend supply side economics. His genius is identifying the secondary social externalities both good and bad of government policy.

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By David Anderson on 11-21-17

George Gilder's thesis is spot on.

Every politician and every high school senior should be tested on the content of this book. It's the best book on the way the world works since "The Way the World Works". The narrator does an excellent job as well as each word is enunciated clearly and with inflection.

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