Forget the fact that Galbraith is more readable than any other economist ever, this is an important work, full of insights into not only the condition of the post WWII economy, but also the history of economic thought and why economists think the way they do (and avoid thinking about real issues). Most economic theory is based on the notion of scarcity, yet we live in a society of generalized affluence. The economy changed, and continues to change, yet orthodox economists are, for the most part, still thinking about the economy as if it was 1800. As relevant today as it was when it first came out. I became an economist because of this book (though not an orthodox one).