The Affluent Society

The Affluent Society

Book - 1998
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Galbraith's classic on the "economics of abundance" is, in the words of the New York Times, "a compelling challenge to conventional thought." With customary clarity, eloquence, and humor, Galbraith cuts to the heart of what economic security means (and doesn't mean) in today's world and lays bare the hazards of individual and societal complacence about economic inequity. While "affluent society" and "conventional wisdom" (first used in this book) have entered the vernacular, the message of the book has not been so widely embraced--reason enough to rediscover The Affluent Society.

John Kenneth Galbraith's classic investigation of private wealth and public poverty in postwar America

 

With customary clarity, eloquence, and humor, Harvard economist John Kenneth Galbraith gets at the heart of what economic security means in The Affluent Society. Warning against individual and societal complacence about economic inequity, he offers an economic model for investing in public wealth that challenges “conventional wisdom” (a phrase he coined that has since entered our vernacular) about the long-term value of a production-based economy and the true nature of poverty. Both politically divisive and remarkably prescient, The Affluent Society is as relevant today on the question of wealth in America as it was in 1958.

Baker & Taylor
A leading economist discusses his theories on social disequilibrium and suggests ways of restoring the economic balance

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, c1998
Edition: 40th anniversary ed
ISBN: 9780395925003
0395925002
Characteristics: xii, 276 p. ; 21 cm

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Classic. You have to love the politely snarky comments.

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