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Pages: 288
Subject: Economics
Imprint: Oneworld

The Trouble with Billionaires

How the Super-Rich Hijacked the World (and How we Can Take It Back)

Linda McQuaig, Neil Brooks

The international bestselling attack on the mega-wealthy comes to the UK
Paperback
9781851689941 (2 May 2013)
RRP £12.99

The Book

In this searing and entertaining indictment of the super-rich, Linda McQuaig and Neil Brooks challenge the idea that today’s cavernous income inequality is the result of merit, and reveal how the global economic system has been hijacked by the wealthiest, with disastrous consequences for us all.

The high taxes and strong social programmes of the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s gave us sky-high economic growth and rising equality. In recent years, however, we’ve been constantly told that taxes and government spending are bad. McQuaig and Brooks systematically debunk these claims. As their research shows, not only do lower taxes correlate with worse societal outcomes – from health to the environment – they also fail to produce economic prosperity.

 

A daring challenge to the conventional wisdom, The Trouble with Billionaires provides the most compelling case yet for rejecting the Coalition’s mean-spirited mix of tax breaks for the rich and austerity for the rest.

Additional Information

Subject Economics
Pages 288
Imprint Oneworld

 

About the Author

Described as ‘Canada’s Michael Moore’ by the country’s National Post, Linda McQuaig is an award-winning investigative reporter andcolumnist for the Toronto Star. She is the author of seven Canadianbestsellers, which have earned her a reputation as a fierce critic ofthe establishment. Neil Brooks is director of the Graduate Programin Taxation at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto.He has published extensively on income tax issues and has been aconsultant on tax policy and reform issues to numerous governments around the world.

Reviews

'Entertaining and enraging... assiduously researched and a fast-paced read.'

- Observer