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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin UK (Oct. 29 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241953898
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241953891
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.6 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 222 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #292,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A crisp and pungent book -- Rowan Williams Prospect "How much is enough?" is a good question. Anyone who sets store by capitalism and markets will find [this] book uncomfortable reading. It should be read all the same Economist A truly innovative and radical perspective on reshaping the economy ... thought-stirring and extremely refreshing -- John Gray Guardian A welcome call to reinvigorate society's ethical aspect and bring about the good life for everyone New Yorker In their thoughtful book, the Skidelskys move seamlessly from the abstract to the concrete; from philosophy to public policy. They note that Keynes's futuristic essay was ignored as the world sank into the Great Depression. Will we again ignore this call to imagine a better future? -- Jon Cruddas MP Independent

About the Author

Robert Skidelsky is Emeritus Professor of Political Economy at the University of Warwick. His three volume biography of John Maynard Keynes (1983, 1992, 2000) received numerous prizes, including the Lionel Gelber Prize for International Relations and the Council on Foreign Relations Prize for International Relations. He was made a life peer in 1991, and a Fellow of the British Academy in 1994.

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5.0 out of 5 stars a very bold idea and much needed contribution July 19 2013
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This book really made me think about some important issues in a fresh way. Surely we can be living fabulous lives but WITHOUT ruining this world of ours. Some chapters I found more my cup of tea than others. But I liked his review of how economists often seem to get their predictions wrong. I liked his questioning that the GDP absolutely must come down to save the planet. (depends) I liked the way he cuts through well accepted ideas for example, of what happiness is and how to acheive it. And a brief new consideraton of Carl Marx .... and much more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ...and now for solutions! Aug. 6 2013
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This is a very inspiring book but it is so much stronger in description of problems than in thinking up solutions.
5.0 out of 5 stars a student of JM Keynes Dec 12 2014
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I always read Skidelsky!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars How much money do you need to lead a good life? Aug. 26 2012
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How much money do you need to lead a good life? What is the good life anyway? In their book How Much Is Enough? Robert and Edward Skidelsky try to get to the bottom of these and related questions.
In 1930 the great economist Keynes said that by 2030 most people would work only 15 hours a week, devoting the rest of their time to leisure. Obviously he was mistaken in his assumption, and the authors show why and how he went wrong with his idea.
There are many books dealing with economy and money, our desires and needs. Some grant a rather cursory glance at our needs and wants while others present an intricate picture of the mechanisms involved. This book is most definitely one of the latter, so don't expect a light and entertaining read on how we spend too much on stuff we don't really need. This one's deep, needs to sink in, get thoroughly digested!
This concise study literally has it all - from economic history to philosophy the reader can indulge in a many-layered work which ultimately makes one rethink our own perceptions of work, time and money. Might Keynes be proven right after all one day? Are the structural solutions offered feasible? Could society establish a basis for the good life we strive for? There are no ultimate answers to be found here, yet plenty of food for thought.
In short: A thought-provoking analysis showcasing the economic insatiability of our society!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Penguin. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What is REALLY important? Jan. 18 2013
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An enlightening book. It made me rethink personal priorities and the
purposes of living in an industrial society. It appears that we tend to
accept mental and behavioural norms, which are not as essential to a
meaningful and satisfactory life as we are made to believe, and the
authors indicate better alternatives.