The Affluent Society (5th revised 1998)

Author(s): John Kenneth Galbraith

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'A compelling challenge to conventional thought' - "New York Times". In this 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. First published 1958; this 5th revised edition 1998.


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John Kenneth Galbraith is also the author of "A History of Economics: the Past as the Present".

Author Biography: 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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  • : 9780140285192
  • : Penguin Books, Limited
  • : Penguin Books, Limited
  • : August 1999
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 17mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

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  • : John Kenneth Galbraith
  • : Paperback
  • : 5th Revised edition
  • : 330.973
  • : 288