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Imprint: Oneworld Publications

Subject: Economics

The Trouble with Billionaires

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

Linda McQuaig Neil Brooks

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.

  • Publication date: March 6, 2014
  • ISBN: 9781780743608
  • RRP: £8.99
  • Pages: 288
  • Publication date: May 1, 2013
  • ISBN: 9781780742205
  • RRP: £5.99
  • Pages: 288


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

ObserverJohn Kampfner

Linda McQuaig

Journalist Linda McQuaig is author of seven Canadian bestsellers, which have garnered her a formidable reputation for taking on the establishment.

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Neil Brooks

Neil Brooks is director of the Graduate Program in Taxation at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto. He has published extensively on income tax issues and has been a consultant on tax policy and reform issues to numerous governments around the world.

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