The Culture of Contentment

John Kenneth Galbraith

Sinclair-Stevenson 1992
A book review by Danny Yee © 1995
The Culture of Contentment is an analysis of how the self-interested, short-term perspective of the well-off has shaped modern political and economic culture, especially in the United States. There's nothing really original in what Galbraith has to say — most of it seems obvious if not self-evident, at least to me — but he says it elegantly and, given the current political climate, it obviously needs saying. Galbraith's wry understatement is more damning in a way than more stridently polemical attacks, and is certainly more effective.

July 1995

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%T The Culture of Contentment
%A Galbraith, John Kenneth
%I Sinclair-Stevenson
%D 1992
%O paperback, index
%G ISBN 1856191478
%P ix,195pp