Personally, I have enjoyed reading Piketty’s grand historical sweep of wealth and inequality: it is a welcome return to proper classical political economy, rooted in careful (but humble) data analysis, refreshingly maths-lite and delightfully bold in its policy proposals. There are many who believe that the work is a major classic, others not so sure. Here are a few reviews. The best strategy is to dive in, read it and enjoy. At the very least it might persuade you to bulk up your summer reading list with Balzac and Austen.
Why We’re in a New Gilded Age, Paul Krugman
Thomas Piketty Is Right: Everything you need to know about ‘Capital in the Twenty-First Century’ Robert Solow
Capital Punishment: Why a Global Tax on Wealth Won’t End Inequality, Tyler Cowen
Capital in the long run, The Economist
On a less serious note…
A blagger’s guide to Thomas Piketty’s ‘Capital in the Twenty-First Century’ The Spectator
How to write a Thomas Piketty think piece, in 10 easy steps, Washington Post