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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.
Wonderful timely delivery of a great book by a equally gifted writer. Kudos to all involved.Published 28 days ago by N. Woods
These were given as gifts to guys. I saw the author discuss his ideas on t.v. He is very interesting.Published 1 month ago by Walla Kaye
"Bobos" is such a cheesy word that it is no wonder it never took. I mean, who would want to refer to themselves as something that sounds this much like "bozo"? Read morePublished 1 month ago by Emily
Sadly, i just read this rather than 15 years ago when it came out. A number of observations are no longer valid , due to continual change and the fact that the Bobo baby boomers... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mojo Sr
This book is a little dated (since it was written during the Clinton years) and not incredibly deep, but it rang true as a picture of a small slice of America: the hard-working... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Michael Lewyn
Nice read. In some spots too detailed to make his point, but overlooked because balanced with edgy humor. Perhaps a bit dated I'm 2015.Published 5 months ago by John T. Lavalley
What kind of person buys new furniture put through a distressing procedure to make it look old? Many of us, according to author David Brooks in his book, Bobos in Paradise. Read morePublished 6 months ago by John H. Matthews