The Affluent Society: GALBRAITH, John Kenneth (1908-2006) The Affluent Society: GALBRAITH, John Kenneth (1908-2006)

The Affluent Society

GALBRAITH, John Kenneth (1908-2006)

Published by Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 1958
Condition: Near Fine+ Hardcover
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First Printing (so stated). 8vo: xii,[2],368pp. Publisher's bronze-colored cloth stamped in silver and black, fore-edge untrimmed, bottom edge rough-cut; in a yellow typographic jacket lettered in black and silver and priced $5.00, with the author's photo on the back panel. A Near Fine or better copy, the spine ends a touch frayed; in a better than Very Good jacket, spine lettering lightly faded, flap folds and spine ends professionally restored (though not affecting any lettering). Modern Library 100 Best Nonfiction, 46. The Affluent Society appeared more than 50 years, but many of the concepts it introduced (a greater emphasis on sales tax over property tax; greater government expenditure on such public services as education and health care) remain as fresh as today's headlines, beneath which Galbraith's ideas are still being debated. Galbraith asserts that the economic thinking in the United States is rooted in the theories of early economists-principally Smith, Ricardo, and Malthus-which, because they described a world economy characterized by poverty, are no longer suited to the unprecedented phenomenon of mass affluence achieved by American society in the twentieth century. As a result, Galbraith argues, the issue of inequality in the distribution of wealth (is this sounding familiar?) has become less and less of concern in American conventional wisdom, whose focus has shifted to the benefits of increased production at all levels of society. In short, as a society, we are impelled to invest too much in things and not enough in people. Note: With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. Bookseller Inventory # BB0884

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Title: The Affluent Society

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin, Boston

Publication Date: 1958

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine+

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+

Edition: First Edition.

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