The Age of Abundance: How Prosperity Transformed America’s Politics and Culture

(Collins, 2007)

Book Forum
May 30, 2007 12:00PM
Auditorium/Wintergarden
Featuring the author, Brink Lindsey, Vice President for Research, Cato Institute, with comments by David Brooks, New York Times.
In The Age of Abundance, Brink Lindsey offers a bold reinterpretation of the latter half of the 20th century. In this sweeping history of postwar America, the tumult of racial and gender politics, the rise of the counterculture, and the conservative revolution of the 1980s and 1990s are portrayed in an entirely new light. Readers will learn how and why the contemporary ideologies of left and right emerged in response to the novel challenges of widespread prosperity–and how a new, more libertarian consensus is forming that mixes the social freedom of the left with the economic freedom of the right. Commenting on Lindsey’s provocative interpretation of mass affluence will be David Brooks, columnist for the New York Times and author of Bobos in Paradise.