Benjamin Kunkel, author of Indecision and founding editor of n +1
“While madmen in authority declare a new age of austerity, James Livingston has—in the best American tradition—written a radically commonsensical and scandalously good-natured ode to abundance. Against Thrift seems to me easily the most original and potentially the most important book yet to emerge from the ongoing economic crisis.”
So I don't think I learnt much from reading the book.
People on the right in this country probably won't like the first half of the book, and people on the left (where I reside) probably won't like the second.
This is well and good but unfortunately I don't think this author is authoritative in his arguments.
yes our whole economy and the act of staying alive depends on consumption-that I understand. What I had a hard time understanding was what do we consume that will save the planet? Read morePublished 5 months ago by mitchell Boss
This author,as evidenced by this book, should not be allowed to own, use, or possess sharp kitchen utensils, or any similar hardware tools,
This irrelevant and... Read more
James Livingston's Against Thrift is an odd sort of book. The book is not really history, although Livingston is a professor of history. Read morePublished on April 7, 2013 by Edward Durney
This is one of the most disappointing books I have read in a while. I do not recommend it.
Spoiler alert: the last couple sentences of the last main chapter are this:... Read more
While I give the author 4* for a well-written and thought-provoking work, I have to give 0* for the basic economic premise. Read morePublished on March 13, 2013 by Noah Leed
I had been blaming myself for reading this book slowly and intermittently, but having pushed myself through it I am now happy to find that after all it was just because the book... Read morePublished on October 14, 2012 by Nathan
Talk about taking the contrarian view! In his book, history professor James Livingston revels in debunking what he considers misguided examples of common sense. Read morePublished on April 4, 2012 by Rolf Dobelli
OK, after spending time with this book I get it. It's all about hooking up that nasty engine of economic prosperity, Capitalism, to the oxcart called social justice. Read morePublished on March 3, 2012 by C. M. Bauer
It's a Catch-22, isn't it? With more consumption we'll hopefully have more jobs (vs. the jobs being outside the US), but first someone needs to hire to create more US jobs. Read morePublished on February 6, 2012 by Rich T.