In this powerful book, eminent social scientist, Riane Eisler shows that the great problems of our time — such as poverty, inequality, war, terrorism, and environmental degradation — are due largely to flawed economic systems that set the wrong priorities and misallocate resources.

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Two audio editions of Riane Eisler's The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics are available from audible.com, an Amazon company:

Unabridged Edition (10 hrs, 44 mins)
Abridged Edition (3 hrs, 25 mins)

ReadHowYouWant, an Australian company co-founded by electronic publishing pioneers Christopher Stephen and Greg Duncan, has made Riane Eisler's The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics available in several alternative formats:

Braille Edition: USD $9.99
Daisy Edition (Synthesized Audio): USD $12.99
Large Print: USD $28.98



America is teetering on the precipice of economic disaster. Commentators blame deregulated markets and a few bad apples at the top. But these are symptoms of deeper problems. Eminent social scientist and bestselling author Riane Eisler points the way to a sustainable and equitable economy that gives value to caring for our greatest economic assets: people and our natural environment.

Eisler offers a bold reformation: a caring economics that transcends traditional categories like capitalist and socialist and offers enormous economic and social benefits.
She describes business policies and practices, innovative economic indicators that incorporate caregiving activities, and new social structures. And she lays out practical steps we can take to move towards a society based on this more humane and effective economic model.

Like her classic, The Chalice and the Blade, The Real Wealth of Nations is a bold and insightful look at how to create a world in which everyone can achieve the full measure of their humanity.

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Reviews & Accolades

“The Real Wealth of Nations gives us a template for the better world we have been so urgently seeking . . . this brilliant book shows how we can build economic systems that meet both our material and spiritual needs.”
~ Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Laureate

“The Real Wealth of Nations is a call to action. I wholeheartedly agree that it is not only politicians, businesses and financial institutions that must change, but rather each one of us must play a role in developing a more caring society. This book is an important tool that can help us make that happen.”
~ Jane Goodall, Founder, Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace

“Even more than in her landmark The Chalice and the Blade, Riane. Eisler’s The Real Wealth of Nations is a multi-faceted look at who we are and who we want to become through the lens of the role of money in our lives and in our world. Real Wealth will challenge you to reconsider not just where our nation, or any nation, is going, but also what role you want to play in our future, in your future.”
~ Mark Albion, former Harvard Business School professor, co-founder Net Impact, author, Making a Life, Making a Living.

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