Thomas  Pikkety’s  “Capital in the Twenty-First Century” is a vital read in inequality. But, it is a long, long read. Someone needed to a shorter and accurate summary, and Jesper Roine has done just that with Pocket Pikkety.   The sales copy made me smile, even though I have read (or rather skimmed) all 696 pages.

But how many of us who bought or borrowed the book—or even, perhaps, reviewed it—have read more than a fraction of its 696 pages? How many more shuddered at the thought of committing $40 to such a venture? And how many of Piketty’s groundshaking concepts have gone unappreciated, all for want of intellectual stamina?

Deliverance is at hand in the form of Pocket Piketty, written in clear and accessible prose by an experienced economist and teacher–and one whose work was relied on by Piketty for his masterpiece. In this handy and slim volume, Jesper Roine explains all things Piketty.