Sandel articulates the intrusions of market values in public spaces and how that intrusion degrades our coherence as a society and our personal values. His analysis is spot on.
I read nothing that is popular.
As an Asian descent, my family doesn't buy gifts. Not because we don't believe in purchasing gifts, but we give the gift of cash as our generosity because its convenient and they can buy whatever they want. Although giving money might not be a thoughtful idea to some, but when you give cash or hand them a check, you are not charging some product on a credit card that you have to pay later, and go into debt for something that they will never use.
Giving money might be better for our economy because you need to make sure that you have funds in your account for the check to clear or make sure that you have enough cash to give. The recipient can accept the cash gift and spend it in whatever they want or they can save it for a rainy day. Instead of buying a gift that we cannot afford to give, just give a buck and not be in debt.
When reading this book, start asking yourself what is not for sale and hopefully you will get an ethical stands that money can't buy you everything, but it comes pretty close. Reading what you can actually buy is not surprising because everything is for sale. Paying drug addicts women to not to get pregnant to prevent crack babies, to making your house into a big billboard. Everything is for sale. The most interesting part of this book, is how life insurance got started and how we see death pay out as an investment.
I would never tattoo my body for a free lunch, even it's for a lifetime of free burritos.
Interesting but not enough to keep you from setting down the book half way through.
Average to middlin'
Not many surprises here. It kind of let me down after hearing the author on TV. I had hoped for a more interesting narrative.
Abu Dhabi, UAE
Not a chance.
He tried to be intellectually honest...but failed.
Page 1 to the end.
This was a painful waste of time.