Slouching Towards Utopia

Slouching Towards Utopia

J. Bradford DeLong

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An instant New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller from one of the world’s leading economists: this "magisterial history" offers a grand narrative of the century that made us richer than ever, but left us unsatisfied (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 explosion of material wealth occurred, how it transformed the globe, and why it failed to deliver us to utopia. Of remarkable breadth and ambition, it reveals the last century to have been less a march of progress than a slouch in the right direction.

Named a Best Book of 2022 by Financial Times * Economist * Fast Company

Product details

ISBN-13: 9781541604247

Number of pages: 624

Format: Paperback / softback

Imprint: Basic Books

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