The Spirit Level: Why Equality is Better for Everyone

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Penguin Books, 2010 - Equality - 346 pages
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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 Greeks? The answer- inequality.

This groundbreaking book, based on years of research, provides hard evidence to show-

- How almost everything - from life expectancy to depression levels, 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.

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User Review  - the.ken.petersen - LibraryThing

I have heard people raving about this book for some time. I did not bother to read it because I felt that I already knew that equality was better than the alternative and that reading another ... Read full review

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User Review  - XOX - LibraryThing

Less concrete when compare to "The Price of Inequality" but spread the same message in a different way. Chats and chats and chats that compare why people living in less equality would make them less ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Kate Pickettis a Senior Lecturer at the University of York and a National Institute for Health Research Career Scientist. She studied physical anthropology at Cambridge, nutritional sciences at Cornell and epidemiology at Berkeley before spending four years as an Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago.

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