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One of the country's most influential commentators attempts to explain why the richest, most powerful, and most democratic nation in the world is overcome by self-doubt and confusion. Samuelson takes a penetrating look at why Americans feel so bad when they are really doing so well, and poses the crucial question: Can America's leaders restore confidence by curbing government that has promised more than it can deliver?
|I||The Entitlement Society|
|1||The Postwar Paradox||3|
|3||The Cult of Affluence||34|
|4||Prosperity's Broken Promise||49|
|II||The New Capitalism|
|5||The Apostles of Control||67|
|7||The Myth of Management||104|
|8||The Real Economy||122|
|III||The Politics of Overpromise|
|10||Borrow and Spend||155|
|Epilogue: After Entitlement|
|14||Responsibility, Not Entitlement||218|
|15||Crisis or Consensus?||232|
Posted March 28, 2006
Take a minute and look at your life and all of the things you have. Well, what did you come up with? Many might say a nice car, a decent house, a respectable job, and fine friends and family. Then why are so many Americans unhappy and depressed more than ever? This book touches on a very out of the ordinary topic that most might never have thought about before. In this book Samuelson focuses on trying to uncover the reason why Americans are richer then ever before but unhappy. In this well thought- out book, which was structured in a way that discusses past decades and its occurrences, Samuelson uses American history to uncover why Americans are feeling the way they are. Many people that are actually interested in history and sociology might enjoy this book due to its specifics and how our past has affected the people who have lived though it. In addition to this, Samuelson mainly talks of the Cold War and its affects. There are also many statistics in various sections of the book that were fascinating to look at. This statistics ranged from income and living standards to voter turnout which was documented from 1970 to 1995. At the same time, the statistics only go up to 1995 and I wonder if we have improved or worsened in ten years. This book is somewhat written in a reporting style searching for answers as to what happened to people and education. His thesis is the question of why do Americans feel so bad when they are doing to well, and through his opinions mixed in with facts and statistics he found the answer. Maybe you can ask yourself is solution. Are you lazy? Do except handouts from your government? Are you guaranteed health care? If so, was it our history that made it this way? This book though at times is long and tiresome will make you think about your existence, your possessions, and your happiness. Also, that fact that our history and what we want from our government is something most might let slide by without thinking about it to much. This book made me more aware and I think it will for you too. I do recommend this book so people can question their life but in a good way to provoke a positive change.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 24, 2011
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