Slouching Towards Utopia: An Economic History of the Twentieth Century

Slouching Towards Utopia: An Economic History of the Twentieth Century by J. Bradford DeLong 0465019595 9780465019595
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An instant New York Times bestseller from one of the world's leading economists, offering a grand narrative of the century that made us richer than ever, yet left us unsatisfied.

"A magisterial history."--Paul Krugman

Before 1870, humanity lived in dire poverty, with a slow crawl of invention offset by a growing population. Then came a great shift: invention sprinted forward, doubling our technological capabilities each generation and utterly transforming the economy again and again. Our ancestors would have presumed we would have used such powers to build utopia. But it was not so. When 1870-2010 ended, the world instead saw global warming; economic depression, uncertainty, and inequality; and broad rejection of the status quo.

Economist Brad DeLong's Slouching Towards Utopia tells the story of how this unprecedented explosionof material wealthoccurred,how it transformed the globe, andwhyitfailed to deliver us to utopia.Of remarkable breadth and ambition,itreveals the last century to have been lessa march of progressthana slouchin the right direction.

Author: J. Bradford DeLong

Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 624

Publisher: Basic Books

Publication Date: 2022-09-06

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