Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There [BARGAIN PRICE] Hardcover – 2000
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I'M NOT SURE I'd like to be one of the people featured on the New York Times weddings page, but I know I'd like to be the father of one of them. Read the first page
Front Cover | Copyright | Table of Contents | Excerpt | Index | Back Cover
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Since it was written in the Bubble period, one can be charitable. Maybe this was the most criticism one could offer up. Now things are more serious. The discussion of how elite universities, how they held their power, could be channeled to ask why academics were so wrong in Iraq? Why are America's ideas, like neo-conservatism, so, um, lame? Is that the word?
Brooks gets into a very long discussion of moral absolutes. It's kind of a "Well, if you aren't on the plan, why aren't you going to Hell?" approach. It's a little breathtaking. One can argue that religions differ on the standards, the absolute standards, so if we are here to reconcile religious differences, life is going to be very bloody. He doesn't seem to accept this point, which is fine. Unfortunately, it devalues his idea of moral relativism and the Bobos, though he doesn't use that term, as I recall.
I guess it turns out that being shallow, a bit insipid, and totally materialist has a downside. A lot of the poor world tends to hate you, and wants to destroy you. Oh, dear. What a drag. So many snags.
So, his point about academia and top schools is interesting, as history, but what are these schools really churning out? Why do we have such a large income disparity? Why are we working so hard to build an elite? It's like Brooks is saying the elite is good enough, why sweat it, but I'm not really in it for vague and undefined reasons.
You have to be bright to pull it off. One could ask why anyone would want to pull it off? To have a bestseller?
Brooks claims that Bobos despise yuppies, but a close study of his book will show that the two groups have several significant things in common. Both are educated professionals (though many Bobos, especially those in computer-connected fields, are college dropouts or never-wents, Bill Gates being the most obvious example) pulling in high salaries (from a minimum $100,000 annual gross to several million); couples are always dual-income. Both are comfortable with high tech in all its latest manifestations. Both take conscientious care of their bodies--no smoking, no drugs, only moderate alcohol consumption, health-club memberships, toning sports like running, skiing, and racquet games. Both are attracted to highbrow culture (Bobos are mad for museums and listen to NPR). Both enjoy vacationing in remote, out-of-the-way spots that don't expose them to the thundering herds of "fat tourists" pouring on and off busses. Both are entranced by "professional-grade" kitchen appliances and want to own a restaurant's worth of lesser tools and equipment.Read more ›
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I guess I AM one of the 'BoBos' that Mr. Brooks is writing about, the observations are uncannily succinct and relevant even ten years after the book was written. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Saar Pikar
David Brooks is a fine writer. I have always enjoyed his articles in the Weekly Standard, the Atlantic Monthly, and currently his column in the New York Times. Read morePublished on May 14 2004 by Amazon Customer
Bobos in Paradise by David Brooks gives readers a look at the characteristics of America's upper class today. Read morePublished on April 12 2004 by Amazon Customer
If you've ever been to San Franciso or Seattle, you've seen those coffee shops selling All-Natural Sumatran Earth-Grown Kenyan Blend, or those organic supermarkets selling Pete and... Read morePublished on March 21 2004
Brooks is a breezy and energetic writer who loves to brand name drop ad nauseum. The book is witty and fun to read. But dont expect any edification. Read morePublished on March 21 2004
One day, the upper middle classes woke up and discovered the bohemians. Enchanted, they did away with the formality of grandmother's parlour and embraced bare wood floorings,... Read morePublished on March 5 2004 by E. T. Sprenkle
The author discovered in the college educated that rebel attitudes and social climbing are mixed together. This is a consequence of the information age. Read morePublished on Feb. 1 2004 by Mary E. Sibley
This book is a must read!
It talks about why Bobos will spend $15,000 on one thing but not on another. Read more
If David Brooks, now resident Bush Apologist for the New York Times, is right that the Meritocracy defeated the Aristocracy, why is the ultimate "legacy" George W. Read morePublished on Jan. 21 2004 by Marshall Brown