Who Gets What: Fair Compensation After Tragedy and Financial Upheaval

By Kenneth R Feinberg

Agent Orange, the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, the Virginia Tech massacre, the 2008 financial crisis, and the Deep Horizon gulf oil spill: each was a disaster in its own right. What they had in common was their aftermath--each required compensation for lives lost, bodies maimed, livelihoods wrecked, economies and ecosystems upended. In each instance, an objective third party had to step up and dole out allocated funds: in each instance, Presidents, Attorneys General, and other public officials have asked Kenneth R. Feinberg to get the job done.

In Who Gets What?, Feinberg reveals the deep thought that must go into each decision, not to mention the most important question that arises after a tragedy: why compensate at all? The result is a remarkably accessible discussion of the practical and philosophical problems of using money as a way to address wrongs and reflect individual worth.



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"Kirkus Reviews""An insider's account of how compensation decisions are made after major disasters...An opportunity to get to know a man whose work has affected thousands."




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Publisher PublicAffairs
Publish date 06/26/2012
Pages 216
ISBN-13 9781586489779
ISBN-10 1586489771
Language English

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