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Capital in the twenty first century is a 2013 book by french economist thomas pikettyit focuses on wealth and income inequality in europe and the united states since the 18th century it was initially published in french as le capital au xxie sicle in august 2013 an english translation by arthur goldhammer followed in april 2014 the books central thesis is that when the rate of return . Directed by justin pemberton with vanessa redgrave kate williams thomas piketty faiza shaheen adapting one of the most groundbreaking and powerful books of our time capital in the 21st century is an eye opening journey through wealth and power that breaks the popular assumption that the accumulation of capital runs hand in hand with social progress shining a new light on the world . It seems safe to say that capital in the twenty first century the magnum opus of the french economist thomas piketty will be the most important economics book of the year and maybe of the decadepiketty arguably the worlds leading expert on income and wealth inequality does more than document the growing concentration of income in the hands of a small economic elite. Capital in the twenty first century critics consensus capital in the twenty first century cant hope to address its subject with the depth of its source material but the end result remains an