The Book Everyone Is Talking About. Thomas Piketty's 'Capital' In 3 Minutes.

A short video offers up an explanation of the central thesis found in Piketty's "Capital in the Twenty-First Century."

"Capital in the Twenty-First Century" is the best-selling book by French economist Thomas Piketty in which he seeks to explain why, over the last 30 years, the rich have gotten far richer while most of the rest of us are, at best, just plodding along.

The book's success speaks to the sense of insecurity and anxiety seen across the industrialized world since the 2008 recession, when millions lost their homes and jobs while those at the very top of the pyramid were barely affected.

While his central thesis is not without its critics, Piketty has won wide acclaim both from other economists and the public at large. The video above offers a quick-and-dirty overview of Piketty's central idea -- that the very nature of capitalism is to blame for the large and widening gap between the haves and the have-nots.

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