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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'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 24 days 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 6 months ago by James Jaeger
See title. Covers the rise of the Bobo class, their influences and history. Easy to read and mildly amusing at times.Published 7 months ago by Joe
I find Brooks very entertaining and this book was no exception. Although the observations he makes about social class are probably things you have noticed before, the way he weaves... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Yasmine Motawy
He paints with a broad brush. Some of it is accurate. His predictions, however, were way off the mark. Oversimplified.Published 8 months ago by Catherine S. Cline
Have just finished BOBOS in Paradise by David Brooks, a book that was hard to put down, and filled with a detailed outline of the social classes of the 1960's and 1980's, and how... Read morePublished 9 months ago by robertd
David Brooks coins, defines and describes "Bobos" and the social-political world into which they emerged in the 90's and how they shaped the political climate and culture... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Russ
Good combination of theoretical work and relevant social observations.
A bit long and sometimes out of the subject, though
Often very funny