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The Age of Entitlement

America Since the Sixties
Written by: Christopher Caldwell
Narrated by: Christopher Caldwell
Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
Categories: History, Americas
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A major American intellectual makes the historical case that the reforms of the 1960s, reforms intended to make the nation more just and humane, instead left many Americans feeling alienated, despised, misled - and ready to put an adventurer in the White House.

Christopher Caldwell has spent years studying the liberal uprising of the 1960s and its unforeseen consequences. Even the reforms that Americans love best have come with costs that are staggeringly high - in wealth, freedom, and social stability - and that have been spread unevenly among classes and generations.

Caldwell reveals the real political turning points of the past half century, taking listeners on a roller-coaster ride through Playboy magazine, affirmative action, CB radio, leveraged buyouts, iPhones, Oxycontin, Black Lives Matter, and internet cookies. In doing so, he shows that attempts to redress the injustices of the past have left Americans living under two different ideas of what it means to play by the rules.

Essential, timely, hard to put down, The Age of Entitlement is a brilliant and ambitious argument about how the reforms of the past 50 years gave the country two incompatible political systems - and drove it toward conflict.

©2020 Christopher Caldwell (P)2020 Simon & Schuster Audio

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  • LBJ
  • 2020-02-08

Do laudable ends justify unconstitutional means?

I remember my HS history teacher telling the class that the importance of the Civil Rights Acts justified the unconstitutional means used to enact them. Christopher Caldwell makes a compelling case that that is not so. Because only the aspirational ideals of the Constitution can unite disparate Americans, undermining the Constitution undermines America.

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  • BILLB
  • 2020-02-05

A New Look At our Changing Culture

An extremely intelligent and interesting book whose thesis, if correct, dramatically impacts each of us and our country for the future. Without being overtly political, it explains a lot about the forces and the dynamics that are tearing this country apart. Trump is never mentioned but he is explained. The loss of rights and the replacement of those rights with ideology is worrisome and largely missed or ignored.
This book causes the reader to stop and look at our culture through a new lens.

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  • TheJ.C.T.
  • 2020-01-26

Socio-political masterpiece!!!

If you're a Libertarian, or conservative trying to wrap your head around various issues, this is the bible of modern American politcal knowledge!

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  • C. Walter Gray
  • 2020-02-14

Answers the question of why we are So divided

The premises for this book is Intriguing and the author makes a great case for it. However, this is not an easy book to get through with a lot of SAT vocabulary and complicated sentence structure that makes this a difficult read. Although the historical Context is excellent and necessary, the author spends an inordinate amount of time going over the same ground here. I was let down by the author not offering any solutions to the problem that he so deftly constructed.

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  • sw
  • 2020-02-08

fantastic book

Smart, well-written, well-spoken. It helps you to understand how the U.S. got to where it is now. illuminating and insightful.

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  • Harvey Hess
  • 2020-02-08

The smartest book

I found this account of recent history & its analysis by the author to be one of the most factual, intellectual & downright smartest that I have ever read. Highly recommend...

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  • Mark
  • 2020-02-15

Excellent but frustrating

This book spells out all the little things that got us to where we are today.

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  • Patrick
  • 2020-02-07

Disappointing

This book was very disappointing for me. It was in my opinion a thinly veiled conservative polemic. This opposed to a balanced discussion of a hugely important social transformation of American society during the last half century.

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  • Steve
  • 2020-02-01

Boring, rambling and not to the point

The title of the book sounds great but the author never gets to the point. He rambles a lot about the last 50 years of the civil rights movement but the book goes nowhere. Very boring and sorry that I bought this ...

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-03-20

A must read or listen to this book!

This was informative and clearly presented. I recommend this book to those who want a understandable explanation of our history since the 1960's.