The French economist Thomas Piketty is one of the world's leading authorities on inequality. His book Capital in the Twenty-First Century has recently been published in English. It's a weighty tome, but is bound to be influential, and anyone who cares about issues such as the global distribution of wealth and poverty should have some familiarity with Piketty's scholarship.
For those who don't have time or aren't inclined to delve through the book's almost 700 pages, Vox has produced not only a short guide to the book, but this very useful series of charts "that explain the history of global wealth." Here's just one:
All comments are moderated for appropriateness and may take a few minutes to appear.