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Stiglitz, winner of the 2001 Nobel Memorial Prize for Economics, has time and time again offered a singular voice of reason to diagnose America’s greatest economic challenges. In his provocative new book, the bestselling author makes an urgent case for Americans to solve inequality now. Veteran journalist Jim Newton engages Stiglitz in conversation, probing for answers to the greatest threat to American prosperity—the yawning gap between the rich and the poor.

USA's Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Prize winner for Economics, and President of the Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress,  arrives at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, Monday Sept. 14, 2009, for a meeting with France's President Nicolas Sarkozy and other members of the French government. (AP Photo/Philippe Wojazer,Pool)

Joseph E. Stiglitz

Winner of the 2001 Nobel Memorial Prize for Economics, Joseph E. Stiglitz is the best-selling author of Making Globalization Work, Globalization and Its Discontents, and The Three Trillion Dollar War, co-authored with Linda Bilmes. He was chairman of President Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisers and served as senior vice president and chief economist at the World Bank. He teaches at Columbia University and lives in New York City.


Jim Newton

Jim Newton is a veteran journalist, author and educator. He began his career as clerk to James Reston at The New York Times and spent 25 years as a reporter, bureau chief, columnist and editor at the Los Angeles Times. He is the author of two critically acclaimed biographies, Justice for All: Earl Warren and the Nation He Made and Eisenhower: The White House Years. Last year, he collaborated with former CIA Director and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta on Panetta’s autobiography, Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace. He is presently creating a new magazine at UCLA scheduled to debut this spring.


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