The Spirit Level

The main claim of this book is that the outcomes for different social and health problems such as drug abuse, mental health, imprisonment, teen pregnancies, violence, trust and community life are much more worse in unequal societies, regardless if it is a rich or poor. This book was impossible to put down because it pieced together what inequality really means and how it manifests in everyday life. Although the book didn’t really address important politics like neoliberalism influencing or causing these outcomes, it was still thought provoking and packed with good information. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning more about the destructive effects that inequality has on every person in a society, especially for those of us who live in one of the most unequal countries in the world, the U.S.


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