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The Good Life and Its Discontents


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September 1997

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A New York Times Business Book Bestseller "Shrewd and optimistic. . . . [The Good Life and Its Discontents] combines first-rate analysis with persuasive historical, political and sociological insights."--The New Republic Today Americans are wealthier, healthier, and live longer than at any previous time in our history. As a society, we have never had it so good. Yet, paradoxically, many of us have never felt so bad. For, as Robert J. Samuelson observes in this visionary book, our country suffers from a national sense of entitlement--a feeling that someone, whether Big Business or Big Government, should guarantee us secure jobs, rising living standards, social harmony, and personal fulfillment. In The Good Life and Its Discontents, Samuelson, a national columnist for Newsweek and the Washington Post, links our rising expectations with our belief in a post-Cold War vision of an American utopia. Using history, economics, and psychology, he exposes the hubris of economists and corporate managers and indicts a government that promises too much to too many constituencies. Like David Reisman's The Lonely Crowd and John Kenneth Galbraith's The Affluent Society, the result is a book that defines its time--and that is sure to shape the national debate for years to come. "A smart, balanced epitaph for an era--with a few clues for what's ahead."--Business Week "Lucid [and] nonsectarian . . . Samuelson traces how the reasonable demand for progress has given way to the excessive demand for perfection."--The New York Times

EAN: 9780679781523
ISBN: 0679781528
Untertitel: The American Dream in the Age of Entitlement. 4:B&W 5 x 8 in or 203 x 127 mm Perfect Bound on Creme w/Gloss Lam. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Vintage
Erscheinungsdatum: September 1997
Seitenanzahl: 368 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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