A groundbreaking investigation of how and why, from the 18th century to the present day, American resistance to our ruling elites has vanished.
From the American Revolution through the Civil Rights movement, Americans have long mobilized against political, social, and economic privilege. Hierarchies based on inheritance, wealth, and political preferment were treated as obnoxious and a threat to democracy. Mass movements envisioned a new world supplanting dog-eat-dog capitalism. But over the last half-century that political will and cultural imagination have vanished. Why?
The Age of Acquiescence seeks to solve that mystery. Steve Fraser's account of national transformation brilliantly examines the rise of American capitalism, the visionary attempts to protect the democratic commonwealth, and the great surrender to today's delusional fables of freedom and the politics of fear. Effervescent and razorsharp, The Age of Acquiescence will be one of the most provocative and talked-about books of the year.
©2015 Steve Fraser (P)2015 Hachette Audio
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"Stilted Verbiage Obfuscates Salient Leitmotif"
Seriously, the writing here made listening feel like punishment to absorb an otherwise interesting message -- much harder than need be. The author went well out of his way to avoid cardinal rules of good non-fiction writing, especially the one that says not to use complicated word strings where simpler wording will do. I do have the vocabulary to follow the author but, wow, not a pleasant experience. I also sensed a thread of Marxist thought in the authors logic. While I think Marx had some very valid points, it's hard for even liberals like me to cozy up.
Narrator did a fine job.
No. Not ever.
Excellent book drawing a clear line from America's past to the present age. Shows clearly how social forces and in particular the ascendance of neoliberalism' form of capitalism have changed us.
"Very good: a little heavy on French adjectives"
A very informative history and development of modern economics and the effects those developments had on human lives within American society. Very interesting.
This is a history book about how we came to accept inequality. The whole story, mostly in the 19th and 20th centuries, leading up to now. Very studied and interesting, and not a light read. Good narration, very steady. The middle class is doomed again!
"excellent and thoughtful book."
timely history and important discussion of work, workers from agrarian days, through industrialization and the still to be reckoned with damage of the current age.
"Important socio-historical critique"
Many bold assertions made in the book - footnotes might reveal the evidence for them.
"Good topic but poorly written"
A worthwhile topic but overly inflated academic writing style is tough to endure. I would look for another book on this topic and pass on this one.
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