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Good Life and Its Discontents

Good Life and Its Discontents - 97 edition

ISBN13: 978-0679781523

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ISBN13: 978-0679781523
ISBN10: 0679781528
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 97
Publisher: Vintage Books
Published: 1997
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Good Life and Its Discontents - 97 edition

ISBN13: 978-0679781523

Robert J. Samuelson

ISBN13: 978-0679781523
ISBN10: 0679781528
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 97
Publisher: Vintage Books

Published: 1997
International: No
Summary

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.

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