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1 J January 28, 2011 at 4:14 am

I would love to read this ebook… but why is it not available in the UK ebook market?

2 dearieme January 28, 2011 at 5:06 am

#1: the Economists's review doesn't mention the concept of High Trust and Low Trust societies. Should it have?

3 Steven Donegal January 28, 2011 at 8:45 am

David Brooks thinks Hamilton would disapprove of our current condition? Of all the Founders, Hamilton is probably the one who would most approve. He favored a permanent national debt, favored a strong national government at the expense of the states, and favored a strong executive. Jefferson and most of the Virginians would certainly have been appalled, but I think Brooks put his words into the wrong mouth.

4 Andrew January 28, 2011 at 9:24 am

"(no, lower top tax rates aren’t a factor, and the rich are in fact working far, far more hours than the non-rich)."

I disagree with the latter part of this. Not that the rich aren't working harder, but one reason I left the industry was that I could work as long as I wanted to but the remuneration wasn't forthcoming. I call it breaking into the capitalist class. There was a capitalist class at the company, and breaking into it was possible, but I didn't want to fiddle with it.

5 Alex January 28, 2011 at 11:37 am

I can't wait to read the book now that I've read many of the reviews. (I'm like this with movies/TV too)

I hope this is the future of publishing. I'd say that 99% of the non-fiction books I've read in my life were too long. The ideas could be stated in that sweet spot between magazine articles and books, but never were.

More people can read this because of cost and time commitment and therefore a more robust debate ensues.

I wish academia followed similar rules for cost, length, and readability.

6 russell12000 January 28, 2011 at 12:29 pm

I just got through the other links. On Kuran's book.

I think E.A. Wriggly and the Riddle of the World does a much better job of explaining the top. He actually covers some of the same ground, but it is only a small portion of the discussion.

http://www.alanmacfarlane.com/TEXTS/WRIGLEY.PDF

Based on the review, Kuran sounds like the typical economist crunching numbers to fit his doctrine, and ignoring the messiness of history.

7 Aswin January 28, 2011 at 4:43 pm

Not available in Canada !

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