CMG May Book Of the Month: Money and Class in America

Category: Books Of The Month

In the United States, happiness and wealth are often regarded as synonymous. Consumerism, greed, and the insatiable desire for more are American obsessions. In the native tradition of Twain, Veblen, and Mencken, the editor of Lapham’s Quarterly here examines our fascination with the ubiquitous green goddess.
Focusing on the wealthy sybarites of New York City, whom Lewis H. Lapham has been able to observe firsthand in their natural habitat, Money and Class in America is a caustic, and often hilarious, portrait of a segment of the American population who, in the thirty years since the book was originally written, have become only further removed—both in terms of wealth and social awareness—from everyone else.
His observations, often caustic and occasionally hilarious, reveal how this segment of the American population has become increasingly distant from the rest of society in terms of both wealth and social awareness. The book provides a thought-provoking perspective on the pursuit of happiness, materialism, and the American dream.

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