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The Great Escape: Health, Wealth, and the Origins of Inequality Angus Deaton, Winner of theNobel Prize in EconomicsWinner of theWilliam G Bowen Award, Industrial Relations Section of Princeton UniversityOne of Bloomberg Businessweeks Best Books of , chosen by John SnowOne of Bloomberg Businessweek Best Books of , selected by Christopher L Eisgruber president of Princeton University One of Forbes Magazines Best Books of Honorable Mention for thePROSE Award in Economics, Association of American PublishersShortlisted for theSpears Book Awards in Financial HistoryLonglisted for theBusiness Book of the Year Award, Financial Times Goldman SachsA Best Business Book of the Year forselected on LinkedIn by Matthew Bishop, Economics Editor of The EconomistFeatured in The Sunday TimesHoliday RoundupThere is nobody better than Angus Deaton to explain why our lives are longer, healthier, andprosperous than those of our great grandparents The story he tells is muchthan an inexorable march of progress it has also been unequal, uneven, and incomplete, and at each step, politics has played a defining role This is a must read for anybody interested in the wealth and health of nations Daron Acemoglu, coauthor of Why Nations FailAt once engaging and compassionate, this is an uplifting story by a major scholar Paul Collier, author of The Bottom BillionMagisterial and superb William Easterly, author of The White Man s Burden The Great Escape tells the two biggest stories in history how humanity got healthy and wealthy, and why some people got so much healthier and wealthier than others Angus Deaton, one of the world s leading development economists, takes us on an extraordinary journey from an age when almost everyone was poor and sick to one where most people have escaped these evils and he tells us how the billion still trapped in extreme poverty can join in this great escape Everyone who wants to understand the twenty first century should read this book Ian Morris, author of Why the West Rules for NowDeaton s account of global advances in health is magisterial It is especially convincing in disentangling economic progress from technological growth as sources of health improvements A very big story, this book should affect the way we think about human development and the role of science and science based government programs The language is modest and graceful, the use of evidence compelling, and the illustrations highly attractive Samuel Preston, University of PennsylvaniaThis factual, sober, and very timely book deals with issues surrounding the higher incomes and longer lives enjoyed by an increasing proportion of the world s population It assesses improvements in conditions that would have seemed almost a fantasy for people living only a few generations ago Deaton s arguments, written in an elegant and accessible style, are powerful and challenge conventional opinions Branko Milanovic, author of The Haves and the Have NotsThis splendid book discusses how, in the last two hundred fifty years, large numbers of people have achieved levels of well being that were previously available only to a few individuals, and how this achievement has given rise to equally unprecedented inequalities Unique in its focus and scope, exceptional knowledge and coherence, and careful argumentation, The Great Escape is highly illuminating and a delight to read Thomas Pogge, Yale University

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