"What perfect timing! How Much is Enough? is what every graying Baby Boomer I know is asking right now. The Skidelskys argue that time is not ONLY money, as many driven New Yorkers seem to think, and urge workaholic Americans to devote more of it to pursuing the good life. Sounds like wise advice to me. As my desk mate at the New York Times in the 1990s used to remind me at least once a day: All you really HAVE is your TIME ." —Sylvia Nasar, author of Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius
"Deeply provocative and intellectually suggestive...Offers some bold and lucid proposals about what we can do to rein in the fever of reductive economism and toxic acquisitiveness." —Prospect, Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury
"The Skidelskys ask a pivotal question: Is there no end to our constant quest for more and more wealth? As the world economy stutters and we look for ways to restart the engine, their arguments pull us up short. Are we not prosperous enough already and missing a far richer life without the perpetual quest for needless economic growth?" —Nicholas Wapshott, author of Keynes Hayek: The Clash That Defined Modern Economics
"The over-all thrust of their polemic is a welcome call to reinvigorate society's ethical aspect and bring about the good life for everyone." —The New Yorker
"How Much Is Enough? is a delightful book. It addresses a Big Question without the jargon and obfuscation that pollutes so much philosophy. The prose is lucid, and all the relevant issues are raised and addressed." —The Wall Street Journal
“The authors turn to historical fiction, philosophy, and political theory, drawing on Faust, Marx’s critique of capitalism, and Aristotle’s uses of wealth. Their conclusion that concepts like respect, friendship, and community are more likely to contribute to satisfaction and overall happiness than wealth makes for a fascinating, if cerebral, read.” —Publishers Weekly
“A provocative and articulate discourse on the dismal science and moral philosophy.” —Kirkus
“The Skidelskys move seamlessly from the abstract to the concrete; from philosophy to public policy.” —The Independent
"There is a rigor in their view of leisure. It is productive, but not so much of things as of experiences animated by intrinsic motivation. Eliminate the propulsive force of self-interest narrowly pursued, and leisure becomes a form of social wellness, a striving for the common good rather than the individual accumulation of more and more." —Portland Book Review
"[An] intelligent, impassioned, provocative treatise to those who wonder if materialism is necessary to the good life." —Get Abstract
"[B]reath-taking analysis of capitalism as a Faustian bargain with the devil." —Book News
Robert Skidelsky is Emeritus Professor of Political Economy at the University of Warwick. His biography of the economist John Maynard Keynes received numerous prizes, including the Lionel Gelber Prize for International Relations and the Council on Foreign Relations Prize for International Relations.
Edward Skidelsky is a lecturer at Exeter University, specializing in aesthetics and moral philosophy. He contributes regularly to the New Statesman, Telegraph, and Prospect on philosophy, religion, and intellectual history.
While I appreciate the motivation that caused this book, and I think the conversation is one worth having, this book does not contribute substantially enough to a discussion on... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jordan Frankfurt
More people in western cultures should read and absorb the reality of what this book is asking. If even 75% of us were to do so, the planet might well be a better place. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
A very challenging book, philosophically. How much do we need? A good deal less than most of us have, probably. And the extra is not buying happiness.Published 8 months ago by Dakota Papa
While I assume this book is often required for philosophy, ethics, and perhaps some economics courses, it should be left at that - an academic text that can be augmented by... Read morePublished 13 months ago by WA User
then it gets goes offtrack
too much material on philisophical and societal perspectives which are remotely relevant to the subject
I received two copies of this book for my last birthday, probably because the two sons who gave them to me, while not aware what each other was doing, were aware that I'm a big fan... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Fabian Melgar
This book is quite extensive in Keynesian economics, but overall a decent read. I had a little difficulty with the language since that I am not a very knowledgeable economist but... Read morePublished 18 months ago by kd
I think my headline says it all.
The two Skidelskys are putting words to many of the thoughts that I have had. It is a devastating criticism of capitalism. Read more