• Item #A257
  • ISBN: 1891843257
  • ISBN13: 978-1-891843-25-9
  • Copyright 2004
  • 684 pp.
  • Form: Hardback
  • Price: $19.95

Greed and Good

Understanding and overcoming the inequality that limits our lives

By Sam Pizzigati


This extraordinary book deserves the highest possible recommendation.... - Choice magazine

Should we care that wealth in the United States is unequally distributed — and getting more so every year? Should we worry that America's most wealthy, in just a generation, have more than doubled their share of the nation's wealth?

Our nation's highest leaders certainly don't think so. They either ignore, or dismiss, the huge gaps in income and wealth that divide us. But these gaps, author Sam Pizzigati shows in his compelling new book, are undermining nearly every aspect of our lives, from our health to our happiness, from our professions to our pastimes, from our arts to our Earth.

Greed and Good both reveals the horrific price we pay for tolerating inequality and dissects the case for greed, the old saws that apologists for inequality regularly trot out to justify the mammoth concentrations of wealth that tower all around us. These concentrations, Greed and Good argues, can and must be cut down to democratic size. And Greed and Good, in clear-headed and fascinating prose, even shows how.

What People are Saying...

Sam Pizzigati takes us on a sweeping tour of life in these United States that is both depressing and angering, even embarrassing to see how gravely our country and democracy have been overwhelmed by the greed and power of concentrated wealth. His story, however, ends in hope and vision ? big ideas for rescuing American ideals from plutocracy and for restoring our bedrock values of equity and equality.

William Greider, author, The Soul of Capitalism: Opening Paths to a Moral Economy

The looting of America — from the top — has been rolling along now for nearly a generation. Our nation's rich have become, far and away, the world's richest. What price do we pay for this massive inequality? No book exposes the full true cost better than Sam Pizzigati's Greed and Good. And no book suggests a more thought-provoking strategy for ending the gross inequalities that are rotting the American dream.

Congressman George Miller (D-Calif.), Chair, House Democratic Policy Committee

Sam Pizzigati has put together the definitive case against the excessive inequality of income, wealth and power in our society. He gives us hard numbers and common sense observations, as well as imaginative proposals for reversing our slide into plutocracy and social decay. If you care about your country, read this book.

Jeff Faux, distinguished fellow, co-founder, Economic Policy Institute, Washington, D.C.

Greed and Good is essential reading to grasp the widespread and sometimes invisible evil impact of economic inequality on our lives and society. Sam Pizzigati dares to envision a world without grotesque disparities of wealth and power — and makes a profound and inspiring case for dedicating ourselves to this cause.

Chuck Collins, co-founder, United for Fair Economy, and co-author with Bill Gates Sr. of Wealth and Our Commonwealth: Why America Should Tax Accumulated Fortunes

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