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All That Is Solid: How the Great Housing Disaster Defines Our Times, and What We Can Do About It
 
 

All That Is Solid: How the Great Housing Disaster Defines Our Times, and What We Can Do About It [Kindle Edition]

Danny Dorling
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5 stars. As Danny Dorling's powerfully argued new book makes clear ... the need for serious action has never been greater (Ed Cumming Telegraph)

Dorling grasps the importance of the issue. His urgency is warranted. The professor is also often correct (John McDermott Financial Times)

The most lucid and urgent account of the UK's housing crisis you'll read this year. It deserves a place at the top of David Cameron's reading list. In fact, one would like to hand-deliver it to every minister... Dorling's anger at our legislators is palpable... his solutions are at once simple and radical (Evening Standard)

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Housing was at the heart of the financial collapse, and our economy is now precariously reliant on the housing market. In this groundbreaking new book, Danny Dorling argues that housing is the defining issue of our times. Tracing how we got to our current crisis and how housing has come to reflect class and wealth in Britain, All That Is Solid radically shows that the solution to our problems - rising homelessness, a generation priced out of home ownership - is not, as is widely assumed, building more homes. Inequality, he argues, is what we really need to overcome.

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Danny Dorling has lived all his life in England. To try to counter his myopic world view, in 2006, Danny started working with a group of researchers on a project to remap the world (www.worldmapper.org). He has published with many colleagues more than a dozen books on issues related to social inequalities in Britain and several hundred journal papers. Much of this work is available open access (see www.dannydorling.org). His work concerns issues of housing, health, employment, education and poverty. Before a career in academia Danny was employed as a play-worker in children's play-schemes where the underlying rationale was that playing is learning for living. He tries not to forget this. He is an Academician of the Academy of the Learned Societies in the Social Sciences and, in 2008, became Honorary President of the Society of Cartographers. In 2011 he became a patron of the charity Roadpeace.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Everyone knows how much damage has been caused by problems in the housing industry. In spite of this, we’re seeing increases in property prices on a ridiculous scale in London and elsewhere. Danny Dorling investigates how our housing situation came to be and what alternatives there are for us in future.

Dorling illustrates how the super rich are driving up the process and the people below them are copying this behaviour, albeit in more modest ways. Massive subsidies are giving the impression of stability in the UK. Interest rates are low and people are investing in property with little consideration of how they’ll be affected if these conditions change.

The right to shelter is a fundamental one for every human being but people are being priced out of it by sheer greed, with the rich hoarding property. Dorling differs from many as he’s not arguing for new homes to built as he argues there’s more than enough for everyone, even in London. It’s the way that the property is being shared that’s unfair, with people living in huge homes that they don’t really need and buying multiple homes as investments. Houses should be homes for people to live in and not places which damage society by lying empty while someone waits for the right time to sell.

Dorling believes the distribution of property is unfair and he’s put together a clear and passionate argument for a better way in All That Is Solid. People in the UK seem to have very short memories that are getting poorer with time in relation to housing issues. Many would do well to read Danny Dorling’s excellent book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Thought Provoking Book 12 May 2014
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Excellent timing for publication give the cynical pre-election boost being given by current government schemes to the housing market. Whilst not normally of the same political leanings as the author I found the first few chapters mirrored my practical experience of working in the housing market for most of my career. It is surprising how many things have different consequences from those stated by the politicians of all persuasions at the time. Definitely worth a read but draw your own conclusions don't just accept everything the author says. Probably best read in small chunks with each one considered carefully before moving on. I haven' yet got to the end but am enjoying the journey.
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
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Apologies in advance; as I say, I've not read the book, but feel that it's unfair to allow it to have a 2-star rating based on one idiot trying to be clever (and failing).

Looks quite interesting, and I'm a bit of a leftie, so I ought to enjoy it. I'll remove this review when I see more honest reviews for the book, or the idiotic review giving 2 stars is removed.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointingly written 26 Mar 2014
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I *have* read this book and I found it rather disappointing, especially following its glowing reviews in the press. The problem isn't with the content. I am sympathetic to Dorling's political position and don't disagree with anything he says here. There is a welter of potentially useful facts and figures, but they come at you out of nowhere. The problem I had with this book is its style. For an academic author it's very conversational, but this actually makes it harder, not easier to follow the arguments and assimilate the important information it undeniably contains. Rather than being structured in a linear fashion, progressively building an argument, it's sometimes scattergun and very often repetitive, looping back and overlapping itself. It's so repetitive in fact that it could probably have been half the length and not lost anything. Dorling clearly cares passionately about his topic, but it's the passionate who need the best editing - this feels less like a persuasive argument and more like being bombarded with facts and figures and righteous indignation by someone who's cornered you at a party and occasionally gets so worked up that they lose the thread of what they're trying to convey. So, a worthwhile book, yes; but not a great read, and perhaps a missed opportunity to get an important message across.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Poor but very angry book 12 Dec 2014
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Poor but very angry book ,not always accurate. Unusual to find an academic using newspaper comments as references.
Analysis and proposals not always well thought through. Politics is the art of the possible not the impossible. The author is concerned ,rightly and correctly about the rise in inequality but his anger gets in the way of sense
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for anyone with a social conscience 18 Mar 2014
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This book tells it like it is and doesn't beat about the bush re greedy landlords and those who keep several houses empty all year. It also dispels the myth that we have a housing shortage!!! Lots of food for thought about how to make society a fairer place.
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