- Hardcover: 158 pages
- Publisher: Walker and Co. (1953)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0028MJEJ6
- Package Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.2 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 63 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,254,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I didn't much like the book, however. The protagonist is not sympathetic. Not at all through the book. And the resolution just didn't seem right. While the key to the character's arc is obvious, why that particular key isn't well told. What is his connection to his wife? What unites them? The story never answers this question, in my opinion.
I suppose I don't regret reading it.
The quality of life has deteriorated to the extent that it is worse for the rich and powerful executives of these two companies than for a middle class person today. Most people rarely get real meat or cheese. Most people can't afford cars. People are guilty until proven innocent.
The whole point of the book is to demonstrate how bad life could become if businesses had more power than government. However, the book never explains how life became that bad. Nor does it explain why these things wouldn't happen even sooner if government had more power than businesses.
Remember, this book was written in 1952, which was before the authors would have known that the unbearable future they foresaw after 200 years at the hands of businesses was already a reality in Communist countries.
Nevertheless, it is a very good and humorous story about what the future could hold if too much power were in the hands of too few.