The Age of Acquiescence

  • by Steve Fraser
  • Narrated by Pete Larkin
  • 16 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


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Stilted Verbiage Obfuscates Salient Leitmotif

Is there anything you would change about this book?

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.

What about Pete Larkin’s performance did you like?

Narrator did a fine job.

Could you see The Age of Acquiescence being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No. Not ever.

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- Russell T. Stauffer "Rusty"


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.
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- Brad

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-17-2015
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio