Bobos in Paradise

  • by David Brooks
  • Narrated by David Brooks
  • 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It used to be pretty easy to distinguish between the bourgeois world of capitalism and the bohemian counterculture. The bourgeois worked for corporations, wore gray, and went to church. The bohemians were artists and intellectuals. Bohemians championed the values of the liberated 1960s; the bourgeois were the enterprising yuppies of the 1980s.But now the bohemian and the bourgeois are all mixed up, as David Brooks explains in this brilliant description of upscale culture in America. It is hard to tell an espresso-sipping professor from a cappuccino-gulping banker. Laugh and sob as you hear about the information age economy's new dominant class. Marvel at their attitudes toward morality, sex, work, and lifestyle, and at how the members of this new elite have combined the values of the counter-cultural sixties with those of the achieving eighties. These are the people who set the tone for society today, for you. They are bourgeois bohemians: Bobos.Bobos define our age. Their hybrid culture is the atmosphere we breathe. Their status codes govern social life, and their moral codes govern ethics and influence our politics. Bobos in Paradise is a witty and serious look at the cultural consequences of the information age and a penetrating description of how we live now.

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A magazine article stretched to book length

Mr. Brooks takes an evanescent ethos of the age (one of many, if I am right) and explains that those in its thrall are the new ruling class. He develops a straw man at tedious length. In reality, the bobos such as he describes barely exist. (Even a crude analytic estimate of how many there are and where they are would have helped the thesis.) Further, Brooks damages his rendition of the book by repeatedly pronouncing "mores" to rhyme with "pores", and mispronouncing about a dozen other names and words.
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- Brian

Bobos in Paradise

Brooks has a wry sense of humor, a gift of gab, and a good way with words. This is probably a better book to read than listen to, as the overworked parts could be scanned or skipped. His reading style, with constant portentous emphasis, becomes dull, and then irritating. Just as composers of music should not usually conduct the orchestra, writers who are amateur readers should let pros read their prose. (Ummm...sorry..) His reading almost kills an otherwise amusing, light read.
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- S. Perreten

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-09-2001
  • Publisher: Random House Audio