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It's a book that will make you think and may well affect how you think.
We are not here establishing a new economic and social goal but identifying one that as already widely if but tacitly accepted."
Galbraith's pithy and wryly amused writing style has stood the test of time as well as the arguments.
Galbraith was a public intellectual of a generation that I missed. I had previously read his book on the crash of 1929 and enjoyed his clear, concise writing style which sometimes... Read morePublished 12 months ago by J. Edgar Mihelic
First published in the mid 1950s, Galbraith became one of the first to explore the possible significance of the break through sported by Keynes and his General Theory of two... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Timothy K. Fitzgerald
I wish I'd discovered this guy's writing during his lifetime. What's striking is that economic and political thought still hasn't come close to acknowledging what was already... Read morePublished on March 20, 2012 by J. Strauss
In this book, Galbraith speaks of broad strokes while we can only hope for small change. He talks about a government that modifies the very engine of production - the intake and... Read morePublished on November 30, 2011 by Sandy Voss
This should be standard reading for anyone interested in economics and how the world operates. The arguments Galbraith presents here are as salient today as they were when he... Read morePublished on June 9, 2011 by J. Smallridge
The Affluent Society is an extremely well written and trenchant criticism of what John Kenneth Galbraith calls the current "conventional wisdom" in economics. Read morePublished on November 21, 2010 by Brian C.
"We are here in one of the contexts where circumstance has marched far beyond conventional wisdom. We have seen how general are the efforts to join the New Class and how rapid is... Read morePublished on September 2, 2009 by Rufus Burgess
It is rare that someone is both an excellent economist and a gifted writer at the same time. J.K. Galbraith was such an economist-writer. Read morePublished on August 29, 2009 by Will S.
In this book, Galbraith speaks of broad strokes while we can only hope for small change. He talks about a government that modifies the very engine of production - the intake and... Read morePublished on August 9, 2009 by T. Rodgers