The Affluent Society

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The Affluent Society

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John Kenneth Galbraith's classic investigation of private wealth and public poverty in postwar America.

With customary clarity, eloquence, and humor, Harvard economist John Kenneth Galbraith gets at the heart of what economic security means in The Affluent Society.

Warning against individual and societal complacence about economic inequity, he offers an economic model for investing in public wealth that challenges “conventional wisdom” (a phrase he coined that has since entered our vernacular) about the long-term value of a production-based economy and the true nature of poverty. Both politically divisive and remarkably prescient, The Affluent Society is as relevant today on the question of wealth in America as it was in 1958.

John Kenneth Galbraith (1908-2006) was a critically acclaimed author and one of America's foremost economists. His most famous works include The Affluent Society, The Good Society, and The Great Crash. Galbraith was the recipient of the Order of Canada and the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award for Lifetime Achievement, and he was twice awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

ISBN: 9780395925003

ISBN-10: 9780395925003

Publisher: Harper Business

Publication Date: 10/15/1998 - 12:00am

On Sale: 10/15/1998 - 12:00am

Pages: 288

Language: English


Business & Economics / Economic Conditions

Business & Economics / Economic History

Political Science / American Government / National