Billionaires' Ball: Gluttony and Hubris in an Age of Epic Inequality
March 27, 2012
6.41 X 9.25 X 0.95 inches | 0.01 pounds
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About the Author
Linda McQuaig has developed a reputation for taking on the establishment. Author of seven Canadian best sellers and winner of a National Newspaper Award, she has been a national reporter for the Globe and Mail, a senior writer for Maclean's magazine, and a political columnist for the Toronto Star. Author of three books, Neil Brooks is director of the Graduate Program in Taxation at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He has participated in building projects relating to income tax in Lithuania (through the Harvard Institute for International Development), Vietnam (Swedish International Development Agency), Japan (Asian Development Bank), China (AUSAid), and Mongolia (AUSAid).
"Lively, tough-minded, and impeccably researched, Billionaires' Ball powerfully demonstrates how ruthless political opportunism--as opposed to talent, hard work, or innovation--is helping the rich get richer. The current system, unjust and socially destructive, McQuaig and Brooks argue, sacrifices the interests of the bottom 99 percent (as the Occupy Wall Street movement has described it) to ensure unprecedented wealth and privilege for the 1 percent at the top."--Joel Bakan, author of The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power and Childhood Under Siege: How Big Business Targets Children "A devastating exposé of the real-world impact of extreme wealth concentration, from two of our most rigorous, knowledgeable, and humorous chroniclers of corporate excess."--Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine "A blistering yet utterly entertaining account of the rampaging growth in economic inequality that is America's defining feature in the twenty-first century."--Robert W. McChesney, coauthor of Dollarocracy "In this breezy and lucid tale of the rise, fall, and return of plutocracy in America, Linda McQuaig and Neil Brooks make a compelling case for taxes, especially on the inheritance of great fortunes that could renew American society from one generation to the next."--James K. Galbraith, author of Inequality and Instability: A Study of the World Economy Just Before the Great Crisis "McQuaig and Brooks give a fascinating account of how many of the country's super-rich made their fortunes and why they do not deserve them. Billionaires' Ball will leave readers both better informed and infuriated."--Dean Baker, co-founder of the Center for Economic and Policy Research and author of False Profits