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The Good Rich and What They Cost Us

Chapters in the Curious History of Wealth and American Democracy


Συγγραφέας: Dalzell Robert F.
Εκδότης: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300175592
Αριθμός Σελίδων: 224
Διαστάσεις: 23x2x16
Έτος Έκδοσης: 2013

Σύνοψη του βιβλίου "The Good Rich and What They Cost Us"

Is it possible for a democracy to include a tiny group of citizens who are vastly richer than the rest of us? What does that do to our cherished ideal of democratic equality? This timely and provocative book addresses a great paradox at the core of the American Dream: a passionate belief in the principles of democracy combined with an equally passionate celebration of wealth. Americans treasure an open, equal society, yet we also admire those fortunate few who amass riches on a scale that undermines social equality. In today's era of "too big to fail" investment banks, "vulture capitalist" hedge fund managers, Internet fortunes, and a growing concern over inequality in American life, should we cling to both parts of the paradox? Can we? To understand the problems that vast individual fortunes pose for democratic values, Robert Dalzell presents an intriguing cast of wealthy individuals from colonial times to the present, including George Washington, one of the richest Americans of his day, the "robber baron" John D. Rockefeller, and Oprah Winfrey, for all of whom extreme wealth is inextricably tied to social concerns. In the process Dalzell uncovers the sources of our contradictory feelings toward the very rich, how they have sought to be perceived as "the good rich," and the reality behind the widespread notion that wealth and generosity go hand in hand in America. Finally, in a thoughtful and balanced conclusion, the author explores the cost of our long-standing attitudes toward the rich.


Συγγραφέας/εις: Dalzell Robert F.
Κατηγορία: κοινωνιολογία
ISBN: 9780300175592
Ημερ/νία έκδοσης: 08/01/2013
Εκδότης: Yale University Press
Εξώφυλλο: Hardback
Σελίδες: 224
Τόπος έκδοσης: New Haven
Χώρα έκδοσης: United States
Βάρος βιβλίου: 482 gr
Διαστάσεις βιβλίου: 23x2x16 cm
Λεπτομέρειες εικονογράφησης: 23 b-w illus.

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