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The Great Leveler


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Walter Scheidel is the Dickason Professor in the Humanities, Professor of Classics and History, and a Kennedy-Grossman Fellow in Human Biology at Stanford University. The author or editor of seventeen previous books, he has published widely on premodern social and economic history, demography, and comparative history. He lives in Palo Alto, California.


"Shortlisted for the 2017 Cundill History Prize, McGill University"
"Shortlisted for the 2017 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award"
"strategy+business Best Business Book of 2017 in Economics"
"One of BBC History Magazine's Books of the Year 2017"
"One of The Wall Street Journal's What Business Leaders Read in 2017"
"One of The New York Times Deal Book "Business Books Worth Reading" 2017 (chosen by Andrew Sorkin)"
"One of the Microsoft Best Business Books of 2017"
"Selected for The HCSS Bookshelf (chosen by Stephan De Spiegeleire) 2017"
"One of Project Syndicate's Best Reads in 2017 (chosen by Dambisa Moyo)"
"One of the "2017 Books of the Year" in Economics and Business"
"One of Financial Times ( Best Books of 2017: Economics, chosen by Martin Wolf"
"One of The Wall Street Journal's What Business Leaders Read in 2017, chosen by Mohamed A. El-Erian"
"One of the CNBC 13 Best Business Books of 2017"
"One of World's 2017 Books of the Year in "Understanding the World""
"'s Books of the Year 2017, chosen by Mark Koyama"
"A superb book."-Steven Pinker, Times Literary Supplement
"Walter Scheidel's The Great Leveler is a smartly argued book.... For anybody who has ever debated issues related to inequality and their broader meaning, this book provides more than just a powerful thought experiment."-Andrew Ross Sorkin, New York Times
"Mr Scheidel's evidence is so persuasive that readers will find themselves cheering on the Black Death as a boost to median wages."-Janan Ganesh, Financial Times
"Sweeping and provocative."-New Yorker
"A readable and quirky history of economic inequality from the great apes to the modern day.... It is well worth the read. It is, in a word, gripping."-Victoria Bateman, Times Higher Education
The Great Leveler
should set off loud alarm bells.... The range of evidence is breathtaking."-Timur Kuran, Foreign Affairs

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