The Future of Success

  • by Robert B. Reich
  • Narrated by Robert B. Reich
  • 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The dizzying exuberance of the Internet-driven marketplace offers unprecedented opportunities and an ever-expanding choice of deals, products, investments, and jobs - ranging from the merely attractive to the nearly irresistible - for the people with the right talents and skills. The technology that is the motor of this transformation relentlessly sharpens competition. When consumers can shift allegiance with the click of a mouse, sellers must make constant improvements by cutting costs, adding value, and creating new products. This is a boon to us as consumers, but it's wreaking havoc in the rest of our lives. Reich demonstrates that the faster the economy changes, the harder it is for people to be confident of what they will be earning next year or even next month, what they will be doing, where they will be doing it. In short, those fabulous new deals of the fabulous new economy carry a steep price: more frenzied lives, less security, more economic and social stratification, the loss of time and energy for family, friendship, community, and self. With the clarity and insight that are his hallmarks, and using examples from everyday life, Reich delineates what success is coming to mean in our time and suggests how we might create a more balanced society and more satisfying lives. The trends he discusses are powerful indeed, but they are not irreversible, or at least not unalterable.

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What you knew, but hadn’t articulated

When the Secretary of Labor writes a book about work, maybe you should listen. Really a very good book; probably the best book I’ve read in a year.

The book is mostly about the sociology of success (not a how to book). But it is nevertheless likely to lead to personal insight. Heavy on micro-economics.
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- Kenneth

What you knew, but hadn’t articulated

When the Secretary of Labor writes a book about work, maybe you should listen. Really a very good book; probably the best book I’ve read in a year.

The book is mostly about the sociology of success (not a how to book). But it is nevertheless likely to lead to personal insight. Heavy on micro-economics.
Read full review

- Kenneth

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-16-2001
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks