Rich, Free, and Miserable: The Failure of Success in America

Rich, Free, and Miserable: The Failure of Success in America

by John Brueggemann
     
 

ISBN-10: 1442200936

ISBN-13: 9781442200937

Pub. Date: 09/16/2010

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

Compared to much of the rest of the world, America and its citizens are rich. But many people are also deeply miserable—at work, at home, or both. In this provocative book, author John Brueggemann unpacks why so many people are struggling, both emotionally and financially, in a nation that looks so prosperous on the surface. From a hospital patient reduced to

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Compared to much of the rest of the world, America and its citizens are rich. But many people are also deeply miserable—at work, at home, or both. In this provocative book, author John Brueggemann unpacks why so many people are struggling, both emotionally and financially, in a nation that looks so prosperous on the surface. From a hospital patient reduced to a balance sheet to a parent working such long hours that he misses dinner, Brueggemann argues that market thinking has permeated every corner of our lives. In the pursuit of more and better, relationships erode, to the detriment of individuals, communities, and the nation as a whole. Rich, Free, and Miserable not only outlines these pressing social problems, but also offers practical suggestions for people looking to make a positive change.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442200937
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
09/16/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

1 Introduction 1

2 Missing the Forest and Most of the Trees: What's Useful and What's Not in Current Conversations 13

3 Social Change and Continuity in U.S. History 33

4 Triumph of the Market 65

5 Economic Life: Winning the Rat Race 81

6 Civic Life: Cool iPods, Rolling Stops, and Fighting Dads 101

7 Family Life: Frenzy and Atomization 119

8 Resetting the Moral Compass 141

Notes 155

Bibliography 201

Index 229

About the Author 233

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