The most influential and talked about book on society in the last decade - now updated with a new chapter on the controversy the book has ignited. 'Profound . . . brave . . . transformative . . . its...
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The most influential and talked about book on society in the last decade - now updated with a new chapter on the controversy the book has ignited.
'Profound . . . brave . . . transformative . . . its conclusion is simple: we do better when we're equal' Lynsey Hanley, Guardian
Why do we mistrust people more in the UK than the Japanese do? Why do Americans have higher rates of teenage pregnancy than the French? What makes the Swedish thinner than the Australians? The answer in each case: inequality.
This groundbreaking book, based on years of research, provides hard evidence to show:
•How almost everything - from life expectancy to mental illness, 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.
'A remarkable new book . . . the implications are profound' Will Hutton, Observer
'the evidence is hard to dispute' Economist
'A profoundly important book' Richard Layard, author of Happiness
Richard Wilkinson has played a formative role in international research and his work has been published in 10 languages. He studied economic history at the London School of Economics before training in epidemiology and is Professor Emeritus at the University of Nottingham Medical School and Honorary Professor at University College London.
Kate Pickett is a Professor of Epidemiology 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. Her work, with Richard Wilkinson, on The Spirit Level was shortlisted for Research Project of the Year 2009 by the Times Higher Education Supplement, and their book was chosen as one of the Top Ten Books of the Decade, by the New Statesman.