Book reviews

Angus Deaton, The Great Escape: Health, Wealth, and the Origins of Inequality, Princeton University Press, 2013, XV-360 p.

Paola Villar  By the same author


The title of this book is taken from John Sturges’ film, The Great Escape, about a group of prisoners-of-war escaping during World War II. The story that Angus Deaton sets out to explain is humankind’s escape from a destiny of deprivation, famine and early death. Beginning with the observation that material living conditions and health indicators have unarguably improved in the last 250 (…)