I am currently reading this even though I am not an economist, but I wanted to understand all the excitement about this book and what points Piketty was trying to make. I must admit that this is one of the few books that I have read numerous reviews before I delved in. Because of my lack of understanding of inequality and the now famous r>g, I felt as if that would be help me in having better clarity on the issue at hand and I must admit that I feel as if I do. I have read numerous reviews, some positive and some negative. and as I am about halfway through, I really believe that Piketty has written a book similar to Keynes General Theory in that this book is tremendously thought-provoking and some of the ideas will stand the test of time while others I believe will be found to be incorrect.
I have added some video by Piketty as well as reviews that I believe our readers will find interesting:
Some of these reviews follow:
This review is by Tyler Cowen http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/141218/tyler-cowen/capital-punishment
This review is by Paul Krugman http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2014/may/08/thomas-piketty-new-gilded-age/
Scott Sumner on Piketty http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2014/06/unpersuaded.html
More Sumner on Piketty http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2014/06/pikitty_on_kuzn.html