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  • Published: 19 June 2017
  • ISBN: 9780241307205
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: $28.00


On Our Troubled Times

The best-selling, award-winning author of Capital takes on the financial crisis -- in an accessible way

With the same powerful evidence, and range of reference, as his global bestseller Capital in the Twenty-First Century - and in columns of 700 words, rather than 700 pages - Chronicles sets out Thomas Piketty's analysis of the financial crisis, what has happened since and where we should go from here.

Tackling a wider range of subjects than in Capital, from Barack Obama to the migration crisis, it comprises the very best of his writing for Liberation from 2008 until the present day. Now, translated into English for the first time, it further cements Piketty's reputation as the world's leading thinker today.

  • Published: 19 June 2017
  • ISBN: 9780241307205
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: $28.00

Praise for Chronicles

The questions explored in these brilliant essays cut to the heart of our failing economic and democratic systems. If you have been influenced by Piketty's landmark work on inequality, make sure to read this next.

Naomi Klein, author of 'This Changes Everything' and 'The Shock Doctrine'

Coming on the heels of his masterwork, Capital in the 21st Century, one might expect this to be the lesser contribution. In fact, Piketty unleashed on real-time economics is a revelation: he is lucid and persuasive - all the more so for being proved right about most of the events he is responding to, even though the full facts only came out later ... For an economist, Piketty draws on a vast and unusual store of honesty and emotional intelligence

Paul Mason, Guardian

Well-written and accessible. He ranges widely, to Brazil, Hong Kong, South Africa and Japan. His take, as you would expect, is solidly left-wing but he does not bludgeon. Is this a collection worth buying? For those who did not get enough of him in Capital... yes

David Smith, Sunday Times

Piketty has transformed our economic discourse. We'll never talk about wealth and inequality the same way we used to

Paul Krugman, New York Review of Books

Amazing, inspiring, forward-thinking, and pragmatic. There is a pattern forming -- Marx, Keynes, Piketty. As our world changes the surest explanations and most practical solutions change in turn

Professor Danny Dorling, University of Oxford

The perfect accoutrement for a Bernie Sanders rally. It's easier to carry through a crowd than the economist's 685-page best-seller of two years ago, Capital in the Twenty-First Century


Piketty fans will be fascinated . . . He explains economic concepts to the lay reader with the kind of clarity that comes from a deep understanding of the topic

Ben Chu, Independent on Sunday

Thomas Piketty depresses as much as inspires ... Beyond the pleasure of hearing his thoughts, there is a fascination in watching his instant response to events

Nick Cohen, Observer

Piketty is back ... as with Capital, Piketty remains quietly optimistic'

Andrew Neather, Evening Standard

How one economist tried to make sense of a rapidly changing world .... accessible, direct, universally applicable

New Statesman

Easy to follow for readers without much knowledge of economics, especially when [Piketty] picks apart topics that defy classical economic logic; in this he resembles Paul Krugman, who similarly writes clearly on complex topics ... Helps make sense of recent financial history

Kirkus Reviews

Piketty, the French Paul Krugman, has an extraordinary knack for translating the complexities of central bank finance, tax policy, regulation, and macroeconomics into lucid, down-to-earth language enriched by shrewd historical and cultural insights. This is a compelling challenge to economic orthodoxy

Publishers Weekly

The most important work of political economy to be published in decades

Nick Pearce (on 'Capital in the Twenty-First Century'), New Statesman

The author, an inequality expert, is distinguished. The work is acclaimed. The book's empirical detail is already the stuff of legend

Karl Smith (on 'Capital in the Twenty-First Century'), Financial Times blog Alphaville

Piketty's treatment of inequality is perfectly matched to its moment ... [He] has emerged as a rock star of the policy-intellectual world ... His work richly deserves all the attention it is receiving

Lawrence H. Summers, Democracy

This small collection shows Piketty's mastery of a much wider repertoire of political and economic topics...Whether you agree with his views or not, you can't deny his ability to argue and persuade and dazzle his readers. It's a must-read

Sydney Morning Herald

Most enjoyable... Genuinely informative and filled with new ideas

The Hindu

Chronicles is essential reading on why it is important for regulation to stay ahead of markets, as exemplified by the 2008 crisis that still has wounds festering across the world economy

Gaurav Choudhury, Hindustan Times

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