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By Timothy Noah

For the earlier 3 many years, the US has gradually turn into a kingdom of haves and have-nots. Our earning are more and more greatly unequal: the head 1% of american citizens acquire nearly 20% of the nation's income-more than double their percentage in 1973. we have now much less equality of source of revenue than Venezuela, Kenya, or Yemen.

What economics Nobelist Paul Krugman phrases "the nice Divergence" has earlier been taken care of as little greater than a speaking aspect, a membership to be wielded in ideological battles. however it could be the most vital switch during this kingdom in the course of our lifetimes-a sharp, primary shift within the personality of yankee society, and never in any respect for the better.

The source of revenue hole has been blamed on every little thing from pcs to immigration, yet its reasons and results demand a sufferer, non-partisan exploration. In The nice Divergence, Timothy Noah provides this urgently wanted inquiry, ignoring political rhetoric and drawing at the top paintings of latest researchers to look past traditional knowledge. Noah explains not just how the nice Divergence has turn up, yet why it threatens American democracy-and most crucial, how we will start to opposite it.

The nice Divergence is poised to be essentially the most talked-about books of 2012, a jump-start to the nationwide dialog approximately what sort of society we aspire to be within the twenty first century: a land of equality, or a urban on a hill-with a slum on the bottom.

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