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Economist and Chairman, Council of Economic Advisors, Obama Administration, USA

A True Novel

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The Book
A remaking of Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights set in postwar Japan. A True Novel is also a compelling examination of Japan’s westernization and the emergence of a middle class. The winner of Japan’s prestigious Yomiuri Literature Prize, Mizumura has written a beautiful novel, with love at its core, that reveals, above all, the power of storytelling.

A True Novel

by Minae Mizumura
About
The Book
A remaking of Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights set in postwar Japan. A True Novel is also a compelling examination of Japan’s westernization and the emergence of a middle class. The winner of Japan’s prestigious Yomiuri Literature Prize, Mizumura has written a beautiful novel, with love at its core, that reveals, above all, the power of storytelling.
What Jason Furman says

A retelling of ‘Wuthering Heights’ set in postwar Japan. It had compelling characters, a unique mode of storytelling and an epic sweep.

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The Book
In this celebrated book, Thomas Piketty analyzes data from twenty countries, ranging as far back as the 18th-century, to uncover key economic and social patterns. His findings will transform debate and poses Questions about the long-term evolution of inequality, the concentration of wealth, and the prospects for long-term economic growth. This is truly a work of extraordinary ambition, originality, and rigour.
About
The Book
In this celebrated book, Thomas Piketty analyzes data from twenty countries, ranging as far back as the 18th-century, to uncover key economic and social patterns. His findings will transform debate and poses Questions about the long-term evolution of inequality, the concentration of wealth, and the prospects for long-term economic growth. This is truly a work of extraordinary ambition, originality, and rigour.
What Jason Furman says

Adds to our empirical understanding, challenges our prevailing assumptions and, in their rightness and in their wrongness, has initiated important debates. Got me to move beyond the traditional thinking about labor earnings inequality to better appreciate the role of capital income, including inherited wealth, in the large increase in inequality in recent decades. Not the last word, especially on policy prescriptions, but will help get us closer to the understanding and ideas that we need.

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  • Wilbur Ross

    One book I read although I totally disagreed with it is Thomas Piketty’s “Capital in the Twenty-First Century.” He’s off the deep end, but it’s a worthwhile read because it’s at the pulse of people’s thinking on inequality.