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5.0 out of 5 stars A Call To Get Involved
Dowd is an author who really wears his principles on his sleeve. It's great to find someone who isn't taken in by the establishment b.s and conventional explanations. The world is an inconvenient lie and Dowd shows that we all need to get involved to make it better. Forget the crap you read in the newspapers and watch on tv. True economics is in humanity.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A Sloppy, Strident And Shambolic Mess
I found Douglas Dowd's Capitalism and Its Economics to be a fine left-wing/Marxist introduction to the field of economics including a number of prominent economists. His Against the Conventional Wisdom was an interesting book on the American economic scene of the 1990's and earlier. For some reason, Dowd's latest book "Inequality and the Global Economic Crisis" doesn't...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Call To Get Involved, 3 Nov. 2009
This review is from: Inequality and the Global Economic Crisis (Paperback)
Dowd is an author who really wears his principles on his sleeve. It's great to find someone who isn't taken in by the establishment b.s and conventional explanations. The world is an inconvenient lie and Dowd shows that we all need to get involved to make it better. Forget the crap you read in the newspapers and watch on tv. True economics is in humanity.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A Sloppy, Strident And Shambolic Mess, 3 April 2014
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This review is from: Inequality and the Global Economic Crisis (Paperback)
I found Douglas Dowd's Capitalism and Its Economics to be a fine left-wing/Marxist introduction to the field of economics including a number of prominent economists. His Against the Conventional Wisdom was an interesting book on the American economic scene of the 1990's and earlier. For some reason, Dowd's latest book "Inequality and the Global Economic Crisis" doesn't live up to the standard of those earlier books. It doesn't even live up to the title as very little of the book (up to the half way point which was as far as I could stomach) is directly about inequality and the economic crisis of 2007/8 and beyond, and what little there is appears to have been tacked on before printing rather than being an integral part of the text.

Dowd's writes in a register that's strident to the point of caricature, and which over simplifies historical experience where it doesn't get things outright wrong: for example Dowd states it's an "accepted estimate that. . . only about a fifth [of transported slaves] survived the months' long voyage."(p53) This is pluck it out of thin air sourcing of facts (and far from the only error). It is absolutely useless for a reader looking to become historically informed, and even if the reader wishes to follow Dowd's back to his sources they will find that he reference whole books, generally not even sourcing the chapter never mind the page.

In summary this is an extremely disappointing book, and if you are interested in equality in the current era two books well worth reading would be Wilkinson & Pickett's The Spirit Level and Stewart Lansley's The Cost of Inequality. With regards to Douglas Dowd's his Capitalism and Its Economics is definitely worth a read, whereas this book is definitely worth forgetting.
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