He makes no attempt to present any general argument about inequality, but Sutcliffe has, as he himself puts it, "an implicit but obvious egalitarian standpoint". This rarely colours his analysis — one colourful exception is a presentation of data on the "hyper-rich" from Merrill Lynch in which he describes "High Net Worth Individuals" as "a euphemism no doubt designed to expunge the memory of adjectives traditionally associated with the rich such as 'filthy' and 'stinking'". Figures are taken from "the most reliable possible sources", of which the most frequently cited are organisations such as the World Bank, OECD, IMF, UN, WHO, UNDP, and FAO. Sutcliffe sometimes comments on the context and biases of statistics — for example the IMF's recent fondness for the Human Development Index, use of which emphasizes convergence between countries, and the UNDP's preference for exchange rate comparison of incomes, which emphasizes inequality.
Each double-page spread is independent, which makes for easy browsing. There's not much room for elaboration in a page, and the interpretations and explanations are often frustratingly slender. Sources for the data are given, but there are no "further reading" suggestions — recommendations of one or two articles or books with each graph would have been nice. There's also some annoyingly sloppy editing. But the approach is effective in conveying information, or perhaps new ways of looking at familiar facts. 100 Ways of Seeing an Unequal World should be in every school library and may also be useful for university students studying development.