The Great Divergence:
America's Growing Inequality Crisis and What We Can Do about It
by Timothy Noah
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Adbusters' Kalle Lasn came up with the idea of Occupy Wall Street, and, crucially, its name in 2011. But the year before, political columnist Timothy Noah—once of Slate, now at the New Republic—explained the nature of the income inequality problem that Occupy would later decry. "The United States of Inequality," Noah's widely circulated, award-winning series of Slate articles on income inequality in America, outlined exactly what separated the 99% from the 1%, and who was to blame, months before OWS got going.
Now Noah has turned that series, published in ten parts in September 2010, into a book, much of which is an in-depth review of the academic scholarship on income inequality. The basic facts are clear: In 2008, the richest .01% of Americans—about 8400 households—took in 5% of the nation's income (including
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