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It’s the inequality, stupid: anyone who wants to understand the rise of Trump should read Wolff

Want to know why Trump really won? A breathtaking new economic analysis has some answers

By Duncan Weldon   November 2017

Edward N Wolff's A Century of Wealth in America provides insight into Trump's success. Photo: Max Pixel

Three and a half years ago, Thomas Piketty’s 700-page tome about inequality knocked Disney’s Frozen: Journey to the Ice Palace off the Amazon top spot. One reviewer joked Capital in the Twenty-First Century was a VIB (very important book). And it was about a VIP (very important problem)—although on Kindle, apparently, not many readers got past the introduction. Coffee tables groaned under the weight of the wealth gap, but that didn’t necessarily…

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