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The Affluent Society

by John Kenneth Galbraith

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | November 28, 1998 | Trade Paperback

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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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.69 in

Published: November 28, 1998

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0395925002

ISBN - 13: 9780395925003

Found in: Economic History, Social Aspects

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The Affluent Society

by John Kenneth Galbraith

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.69 in

Published: November 28, 1998

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0395925002

ISBN - 13: 9780395925003

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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.

About the Author

John Kenneth Galbraith (1908-2006) was a critically acclaimed author and one of America''s foremost economists. His most famous works include The Affluent Society, The Good Society, and The Great Crash. Galbraith was the receipient of the Order of Canada and the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award for Lifetime Achievement, and he was twice awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

From Our Editors

John Kenneth Galbraith gets right to the heart of what economic security means in today's world. Galbraith, a legendary economist, warns readers of the risks involved in individual and societal complacency about economic inequity. Galbraith offers his internationally best-selling book, The Affluent Society for the public to embrace the defining concepts of conventional wisdom and the affluent society with clarity and humour.

Editorial Reviews

"One of the most gifted writers alive . . . tumbling the tribal Gods of both left and right." Boston Globe

"With his 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 complacency about economic inequity." The New York Times