Nothing screams ‘holiday reading’ more than a thick, technical, mind-numbing book on economics. And Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century certainly did not disappoint. Since it’s debut last year, it shot up to the top of the New York Times Best Seller list and has been dubbed the most important economics book in decades.
However, be well warned, this is not a book for sissies. It deals with the prickly subject of global income and wealthy inequality, which affects us all, but then so too does quantum physics (which isn’t exactly something too many people would find reading a technical book about, entertaining).
At least half of the book is really just a build up and contextualisation for what is going to be discussed in the second part of the book – so if you lack an economics degree, or a serious ability to concentrate, you will find it heavy going. If your brain magically finds the juicy uncovering of information pleasurable – then this will be one of the most enjoyable holiday reads you’ll ever have.
From the dusty, blood-soaked hills of Marikana to the gleaming skyscrapers of Singapore, this book will literally open your eyes as to how serious the problem of inequality is in our modern economies.
You’ll literally never look at the world the same way ever again.