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Galbraith's classic on the "economics of abundance" is, in the words of the New York Times, "a compelling challenge to conventional thought". With customary clarity, eloquence, and humor, Galbraith cuts to the heart of what economic security means (and doesn't mean) in today's world and lays bare the hazards of individual and societal complacence about economic inequity.

While "affluent society" and "conventional wisdom" (terms first used in this book) have entered the vernacular, the message of the book has not been so widely embraced - reason enough to rediscover The Affluent Society.

©1998 John Kenneth Galbraith (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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Galbraith saw today in 20/20 foresight.

As compelling today as 40 years ago; perhaps more. Book still holds the same warnings as 40 years ago.

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  • 07-26-16

Interesting ideas, but a bit long

I enjoyed this book - it made some pretty compelling arguments and explored ideas that most economics book ignore. Galbraith makes a few really important points that anyone interested in public policy and macroeconomics should understand. But it wasn't always super engaging and there's a lot of repetition. I'd recommend either an abridged version, or reading it in paper so you can skim read some bits.