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Another reviewer dismissed this book as "socialistic tripe" (or something along those lines). This shows that he/she misses the point of the book. The best service this book does is to show the reader, with the help of a number of interesting concrete examples, that a capitalist society can be structured in different ways (without the economy lapsing into a socialist, state-controlled one). Greider turns his gaze to the dark side of capitalist society as it's structured in America -- for workers, for the environment, and indeed for companies themselves -- and makes a number of constructive suggestions on how we can make capitalism in America better.
My 5-star rating is based on the content of the book. The narration, regrettably, with its repetition of the same cadences over and over, I found in itself almost sleep-inducing.
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In this well-read audio, Greider takes on the formidable task of analyzing the relationships between capitalism, democracy, and societal wellbeing. By reexamining even the most familiar institutions, he identifies a number of elements (both large and small) that have produced unintended negative consequences. In a work of this nature one expects a modest dose of pessimism... However, just as each issue seems hopelessly entrenched in modern society, Greider identifies a number of people and organizations have already begun to address the root causes. The beauty of this book is found in the author's ability to keep things in perspective, yet leave you inspired and confident in our capacity for steady advancement.
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