“Crunching the numbers behind the income gap reveals effects more profound than previously thought.
“… America’s economic ills today and during the Great Depression share a similar cause: lopsided distribution of income and wealth.…
“Economists and other numerophiles will appreciate the author’s quest for more precise metrics on income distribution, and an accompanying website contains spreadsheets for readers to scrutinize the data themselves.…
“[Jeanes] suggests ‘adaptive taxation’ … ensuring that the elite are motivated to serve national interests, not just their own.…
“A convincing, data-driven argument for dividing the economic pie more fairly.”
The unabridged Distribution of Lives: the income maldistribution plague 2012 (ebook and pbook) contains Chapters 4, 5, 7, 8 and 9 that were removed to create the compact maldistribution story. Otherwise, the text is the same.
The unabridged edition is the primary work. For people who are interested in economics, this is the book for you. It contains the full, enlightening, and occasionally amusing story -- along with explicit fixes.
For people who are interested in income distribution, but who are not interested of delving into economics and U.S. history as is done in this work, there is the condensed version.