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Publisher's Summary

Just as the industrial capitalism of the 19th century gave way to corporate capitalism in the 20th, recent decades have witnessed corporate capitalism evolving into a new phase, which Ehrenreich calls "Third Wave Capitalism."
Third Wave Capitalism is marked by apparent contradictions: Rapid growth in productivity and lagging wages; fabulous wealth for the one percent and the persistence of high levels of poverty; increases in the standard of living and increases in mental illness, personal misery, and political rage; the apotheosis of the individual and the deterioration of democracy; increases in life expectancy and out-of-control medical costs; an African American president and the incarceration of a large percentage of the black population.
Ehrenreich asserts that these phenomena are evidence that a virulent, individualist, winner-take-all ideology and a virtual fusion of government and business have subverted the American dream. Greed and economic inequality reinforce the sense that each of us is "on our own." The result is widespread lack of faith in collective responses to our common problems. Ehrenreich traces the impact of these changes on American health care, school reform, income distribution, racial inequities, and personal emotional distress. Not simply a lament, Ehrenreich's book seeks clues for breaking out of our current stalemate and proposes a strategy to create a new narrative in which change becomes possible.
The book is published by Cornell University Press.
©2016 Cornell University (P)2016 Redwood Audiobooks
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5 out of 5 stars
By Wendy on 02-07-17

Just shut up and listen

Have you listened to any of James Romick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

At times can be a bit like listening to a college speaker lecturing, but I totally dig that kind of thing.

Any additional comments?

I can see how some readers will insert their political opinions, whether they agree or not, into what they're hearing. Just put all of that aside, and you'll be in for an easy read that is well worth your time. I could listen to it again and again and pick up something new each time.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Justin on 07-29-16

Misleading Title

Although I agree with most of the data provided in this book, I believe that there are better and more thoughtful underlying causes to the problems facing our society. In no way was "Third Wave Capitalism" clearly defined or discussed in an intelligent fashion. It was only used as a Red Herring argument to bring you in to the author's ad hominem and ipso facto logical reasoning behind his personal beliefs.

In no way was this book about capitalism; good, bad, or indifferent. It was a rant and screed directed at all of the ills within our society without any well-reasoned, thoughtful solution provided.

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