Raj Patel

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The Value of Nothing

book | Non-Fiction | 2009
UK → Portobello Books (Ed. Philip Gwyn Jones)
US → Picador Books (Ed. Frances Coady)
Canada → HarperCollins (Ed. Jim Gifford)
ANZ → Black Ink

Credit has crunched, debt has turned toxic, the gears of the world economy have ground to a halt. It's now clear that the market doesn't only get it wrong about sub-prime mortgages, it gets it wrong about everything. We need to ask again one of the most fundamental questions a society ever addresses, and one to which very few people know or understand the answer: Why do things cost what they do?

Radical, original, nimbly argued, The Value of Nothing uses some fundamental but forgotten economics and some cutting-edge neuroeconomics to show how the price we pay for everything from food, to handbags, to fridges, to entertainment, is systematically distorted. After reading this book, the question 'How much?' should never just be about the price on the sticker.

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Reviews

A brilliant book. Naomi Klein
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A pleasing invitation to act on our most benign impulses to create a sustainable future.

Kirkus
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shrewd and absorbing discussion
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Bracingly written and full of surprises, The Value of Nothing is itself invaluable, showing us a path out of the darkness of the economic woods. Michael Pollan
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A penetrating and admirably concise guide to the follies of market fundamentalism John Grey
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