If you are already a "righty" and believe in unfettered "free-markets" then there is nothing new in this book for you. If you think more like a "lefty" and believe there are social issues that need to be addressed, then you will find yourself arguing with almost every sentence you hear, questioning Mr. Easterbrook? motives in writing the book. If you're just looking for a book to fulfill your monthly subscription quota, then just pick another one. It is a pointless book.
I was very dissapointed by this book. I give it a two because of the importance of the thesis question and the facts presented. The fact that happiness is difficult if not impossible to measure is treated in a paragraph, then ignored or used as licence to make endless suppositions. There we numerous rants largely unrelated to the primary topic of the book on greedy CEO's, what we should do about world poverty and how obnoxious SUV drivers with cell phones are.
If possible, I will be steering clear of anything ready by Jonathan Marosz. Allong with the writing style, his voice forced the image of a pompous, rambling academic into my mind. Every other sentence would start at the treble of his range roll through a mid pitch monotone and end with all the growling vocal frys he could muster to hit home each musing. He sounded as though he felt very important which clashed with the surfeit of cognitive dissonance that rang through the book.
The title of this book should really be saving lives. Really what is the world's facination with saving lives? Is that our main function here, to clean up the mess someone else created? The author's conclusion at the end of a long laundry list of how much better we are doing is that to be happier we should give all this money to poor people so they're not as poor anymore. Hmmmm, I'm not quite sure that is the reason we are unhappy. I'm not very happy because my potential is rotting away because our system isn't set up to recognize and use it. Our world should be obessed with giving people what they want within a general purpose of positive progress...the first thing on my mind isn't how another country can't respect it's environment and grow within it's means. They need to take responsibility and say no, I'm sorry you can't have a family because our resources can't provide. But because of some apparent "right" that everyone is born with to birth children, everyone gets to suffer. Problems are a result of bad design. The author didn't mention this at all. I did enjoy information on how we are doing better, but his conclusions were all wrong. Our society should be able to build acording to our abilities. We are evolutionary beings, our first purpose was to grow and develop...once we reaffirm that purpose and get back on track, you will see happiness soar.
This book is full of statistics, yet criticizes others for using statistics to make their points. Its argument is uninteresting and unimportant.