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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (76 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert B. Reich Narrator: Robert B. Reich Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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If you think it’s getting harder to both make a living and make a life, economist and former secretary of labor Robert Reich agrees with you. Americans may be earning more than ever before, but we’re paying a steep price: we’re working longer, seeing our families less, and our communities are fragmenting.

With the clarity and insight that are his hallmarks, Reich delineates what success has come to mean in our time. He demonstrates that although we have more choices as consumers, and investors, the choices themselves are undermining the rest of our lives. It is getting harder for people to be confident of what they will be earning next year, or even next month. At the same time, our society is splitting into socially stratified enclaves--the wealthier walled off and gated, the poorer isolated and ignored. Although the trends he discusses are powerful, they are not irreversible, and Reich makes provocative suggestions for how we might create a more balanced society and more satisfying lives. Some of his ideas may surprise you; all should spark a healthy–and essential–national debate.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Reich is a big thinker and a great writer. The Washington Post
  • “A valuable work. . . . Reich has a talent for mastering economic and social complexities and making them easy for the layperson to grasp. The Wall Street Journal
  • A well-researched and documented analysis of the present state of working life in America. The Plain Dealer
  • Reich writes in ways unusual for an economist; he is self-effacing, witty and more interested in exploring the world’s complexities than in uncovering unvarying laws. The New York Times Book Review

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jenn | 10/17/2013

    " Who the fuck has my copy of this book. I really enjoyed it and now it is gone. Fess up! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cristi | 3/27/2012

    " spune lucrui evidente dar park e mai credibil pt k el banuesc k vorbeste si din experiente personale. Fericirea din viziunea unui politic/economist/jurnalist "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jodi | 2/7/2012

    " the first of reich's books i read, i think it may be time to re-read it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Shannon | 9/2/2011

    " Although this book was written before the 2008 crash, and even before 9/11 (published in 2000), it is still totally relevant in 2012. I highly recommend it! "

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