Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Buy Used
FREE Shipping on orders over $25.
Condition: Used: Like New
Comment: Never used, but there is some very minor scuffing around the edges of the cover. Gift Quality! Great Customer Service! Fast shipping! 100% Satisfaction Guarantee!
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Against Thrift: Why Consumer Culture is Good for the Economy, the Environment, and Your Soul Hardcover – November 22, 2011

2.8 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews

See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
New from Used from
"Please retry"
"Please retry"
$0.49 $0.01

"Get What's Yours for Medicare: Maximize Your Coverage, Minimize Your Costs"
Learn how to maximize your health coverage and save money. Learn more | Kindle book
click to open popover

Editorial Reviews


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.”

Jeff Madrick, author of Age of Greed and editor of Challenge
“I can't say that I agree with every word in James Livingston's  Against Thrift.  But to say it is original and intelligent are understatements.  It is a joy to welcome so refreshing a set of arguments to the public discourse. He has the audacity to make a case for consumption. He takes on one piece of conventional wisdom after another. And it is all so darned readable. I disagree, I kept saying to myself, but sometimes I agreed that I disagreed, and I always kept reading.  I even occasionally changed my mind, and that's too rare an event for any of us.”
David Levering Lewis, Professor of History, New York University and Pulitzer-Prize winning biographer
“As a historian of large social systems, I find James Livingston's Against Thrift interpretively stunning. If the book's thesis is correct, the American future is hostage to a demonstrably outmoded growth paradigm of gross maldistribution of wealth and avoidable cyclical market chaos…The timely publication of Against Thrift is virtually a public service.”
Marc Chandler, Chief Global Currency Strategist, Brown Brothers Harriman
“Against Thrift is the first fully articulated alternative to the conventional thinking that created the financial crisis and inhibits the recovery. Livingston has written a masterpiece—an interdisciplinary narrative, rooted in American tradition. It should be read and studied by investors and policy makers alike. It is both revolutionary and conservative at the same time, so it is a useful antidote to the poison that is all too often offered as a cure by both the Left and Right. If Wall Street and Washington took Livingston's views to heart, the crisis would end, and America's role as the ‘indispensable nation’ would be restored.”
Justin Fox, author, The Myth of the Rational Market
“Karl Marx wants you to go shopping. To save capitalism. With this mind-bendingly provocative book, Jim Livingston is out to convince you that almost everything mainstream economists say about the Great Recession is wrong. He might just succeed.”
Publisher’s Weekly
“[Livingston] makes a persuasive case for consumer culture: why it’s actually good for the economy, the environment, and our souls….His research and reasoning is remarkable.”

About the Author

James Livingston is a Professor of History at Rutgers University. He is the author of four previous books and a regular contributor to the History News Network. He lives in New York City.

New York Times best sellers
Browse the New York Times best sellers in popular categories like Fiction, Nonfiction, Picture Books and more. See more

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books (November 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0465021867
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465021864
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,276,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

on March 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
11 comment| 28 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on March 13, 2013
Format: Hardcover|Verified Purchase
0Comment| 4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Against Thrift: Why Consumer Culture is Good for the Economy, the Environment, and Your Soul
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: Against Thrift: Why Consumer Culture is Good for the Economy, the Environment, and Your Soul
Pages with Related Products. See and discover other items: income inequality