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The Affluent Society: Updated with a New Introduction by the Author (Penguin Business) Paperback – 5 Aug 1999

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; 5Rev Ed edition (5 Aug. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780140285192
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140285192
  • ASIN: 0140285199
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 200,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'A compelling challenge to conventional thought' - "New York Times". In this newly updated edition of his classic text on the "economics of abundance", Galbraith lays bare the hazards of individual and social complacency about economic inequality. It is as relevant now, with the ever-widening gap between rich and poor, as when it was first published 40 years ago. Galbraith challenges why we worship work and productivity when so many of the goods we produce are superfluous, and why we grudge spending on public works while ignoring extravagance in the private sector. "The Affluent Society" exemplifies Galbraith's wit, clarity and eloquence of prose.

About the Author

John Kenneth Galbraith has written 30 books, spanning four decades. He has been awarded honorary degrees from Harvard, Oxford, the University of Paris and Moscow University. In 1998, he celebrated his 90th birthday. He continues to work as the Paul M Warburg Professor of Economics Emeritus at Harvard University.

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