The economics book, written by Thomas Piketty, reaching number one on the Amazon best-seller list comes as a surprise. The book is 700 pages long, is translated from French and looks over centuries worth of economic data regarding wealth. The book got help in its rise to number one from great reviews and good word of mouth, reports CBS News.
However, reaching the Amazon best-seller list isn’t only acheived through good reviews. The book also rose up because of its focus on capital. The book has a heavy focus on income inequality and explains that the rate of return on capital has surpassed the rate of economic growth. Capital in the Twenty-First Century has sold 48,000 hardcover copies and around 9,000 e-book versions, CBS News notes.
Here are what some people are saying about Capital in the Twenty-First Century.
- “It’s going to be remembered as the economic tome of our era.” — Rana Foroohar, TIME
- “Capital in the Twenty-First Century is bound to be one of the most talked about books of 2014, as it raises to a new crescendo the much-debated and alarming rise in the disparity of wealth not only in the US, but around the globe.” — Robert Lenzner, Forbes
- “Capital will change the political conversation in a more subtle way as well, by focusing it on wealth, not income,” Jordan Weissmann, Slate Magazine