Author(s): Joseph Stiglitz
'The Price of Inequality' provides a powerful critique of free-market ideas, and of the directions that America and many other societies have taken over the past 30 years, showing not why they are unfair, but also unwise.
The single most comprehensive counterargument to both Democratic neoliberalism and Republican laissez-faire theories. While credible economists running the gamut from center right to center left describe our bleak present as the result of seemingly unstoppable developments--globalization and automation, a self-replicating establishment built on "meritocratic" competition, the debt-driven collapse of 2008--Stiglitz stands apart in his defiant rejection of such notions of inevitability. He seeks to shift the terms of the debate. --Thomas B. Edsall