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The Spirit Level: Why Equality is Better for Every
by Richard Wilkinson

ISBN: 9780241954294
PUBLISHER: Penguin Books Ltd
FORMAT: Paperback
PAGES: 400
PUBLICATION DATE: 4.11.2010
DIMENSIONS: 198mmX129mmX23mm 292grams

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Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett's "The Spirit Level: Why Equality is Better for Everyone" is the most influential and talked-about book on society in the last decade - now updated with a new chapter on the controversy the book has ignited. Why do we mistrust people more in the UK than in Japan? Why do Americans have higher rates of teenage pregnancy than the French? What makes the Swedish thinner than the Australians? The answer: inequality. This groundbreaking book, based on years of research, provides hard evidence to show: How almost everything - from life expectancy to mental illness, violence to illiteracy - is affected not by how wealthy a society is, but how equal it is; that societies with a bigger gap between rich and poor are bad for everyone in them - including the well-off; how we can find positive solutions and move towards a happier, fairer future. Urgent, provocative and genuinely uplifting, "The Spirit Level" has been heralded as providing a new way of thinking about ourselves and our communities, and could change the way you see the world. "A big idea, big enough to change political thinking". ("Guardian"). "A remarkable new book ...the implications are profound". (Will Hutton, "Observer"). "The evidence is hard to dispute". ("Economist"). Richard Wilkinson studied economic history at the London School of Economics before training in epidemiology and is Professor Emeritus at t

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