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Bobos in Paradise is a brilliant, breezy, and often hilarious study of the "cultural consequences of the information age." Large and influential (especially in terms of their buying power), the Bobos have reformed society through culture rather than politics, and Brooks clearly outlines this passing of the high-class torch by analyzing nearly all aspects of life: consumption habits, business and lifestyle choices, entertainment, spirituality, politics, and education. Employing a method he calls "comic sociology," Brooks relies on keen observations, wit, and intelligence rather than statistics and hard theory to make his points. And by copping to his own Bobo status, he comes across as revealing rather than spiteful in his dead-on humor. Take his description of a typical grocery store catering to discriminating Bobos: "The visitor to Fresh Fields is confronted with a big sign that says 'Organic Items today: 130.' This is like a barometer of virtue. If you came in on a day when only 60 items were organic, you'd feel cheated. But when the number hits the three figures, you can walk through the aisles with moral confidence."
Like any self-respecting Bobo, Brooks wears his erudition lightly and comfortably (not unlike, say, an expedition-weight triple-layer Gore-Tex jacket suitable for a Mount Everest assault but more often seen in the gym). But just because he's funny doesn't mean this is not a serious book. On the contrary, it is one of the more insightful works of social commentary in recent memory. His ideas are sharp, his writing crisp, and he even offers pointed suggestions for putting the considerable Bobo political clout to work. And, unlike the classes that spawned them--the hippies and the yuppies--Brooks insists the Bobos are here to stay: "Today the culture war is over, at least in the realm of the affluent. The centuries-old conflict has been reconciled." All the more reason to pay attention. --Shawn Carkonen --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I bought this book because I had found it referenced in a couple of other socio - economic books I had read. I'll have to say I found it somewhat boring. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bayard B.
I love David Brooks--one of the few conservative writers who is thoughtful, responsible, and always fun.Published 4 months ago by P. Fernandez Kelly
Seriously, there were some tidbits of insight but I honestly had to force myself to read this book for a recent book club selection. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Spunkygirl
Used to respect Mr. Brooks and like his analyses, but not anymore after his stance in the most recent, brutal Israel war against imprisoned people of Gaza. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Farhad Mohammed Hasan
I'm writing having read it a long time ago but back on Amazon to recommend it to a friend whose parents, as they get more money, are doing the behavioral changes he describes in... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Elizabeth D. Thomas
This book, written in 2000 reasonably describes the situation in Wayne PA. We have become a society of debt-slave hedonists that sit around and consume designer coffee. Read morePublished 12 months ago by James Jaeger