Alpha City: How London Was Captured by the Super-Rich

Authors: Atkinson, Rowland
Publisher: Verso Books
BISAC/Subject: POL026000, POL023000, POL002000
ISBN: 9781788738002, Related ISBNs: 1788737970, 1788737989, 1788738004, 9781788737975, 9781788737982
Classification: Non-Fiction
Number of pages: 272,
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis: How London was bought and sold by the Super-Rich, and what it means for the rest of us

Who owns London? Today, the city is the epicentre of the world’s financial markets, an elite cultural hub, and a place to hide one’s wealth. In Alpha City, Rowland Atkinson tells the story of eager developers, sovereign wealth, and grasping politicians, all of which paved the way for the plutocratic colonisation of the cityscape. Atkinson moves through the gated communities and the mega-houses of the urban elite, charting how the rich live and their influence on the disturbing rise in evictions and displacements from the city. The book, fully updated, also looks at the capital’s prospects in the aftermath of Brexit and the pandemic, showing how the super-rich may capitalise on the crisis, increasing inequality and hardship.
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