From Publishers Weekly
Ehrenreich charges that the U.S. middle class (especially professionals) has retreated from liberalism to a meaner, more selfish outlook. "In an analysis that should be a starting point for future debate, Ehrenreich exposes many myths and shibboleths . . . and urges the middle class to join America's working-class majority in an effort to redistribute wealth and power downward to those who need it most," remarked PW.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
The "central character" in this breezy foray into popular sociology is the "professional middle class," a loosely defined group the author castigates as elitist, self-absorbed, and selfish. Other players include the lower and working classes, the New Class (the liberal wing of the middle class), and yuppies, who are passionately denounced and, oddly, spoken of only in the past tense. Ehrenreich, an active socialist and author of The Hearts of Men ( LJ 7/83) and For Her Own Good ( LJ 8/78), concludes that the middle class needs to become more caring and inclusive ("welcoming everyone, until there remains no other class"). An interesting but ephemeral book.- Kenneth F. Kister, Poynter Inst. for Media Studies, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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