Bobos in Paradise has ratings and reviews. Jason said: David Brooks is, for lack of a better term, David Brooks. He has two schticks. First is. INTRODUCTION. Bobos in Paradise The New Upper Class and How They Got There By DAVID BROOKS Simon & Schuster. Read the Review. David Brooks is a senior editor of the Weekly Standard. He also Bobos in Paradise is a pop treatise on the United States’ upper class of the new millennium.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. This is a shame, as the topic deserves an accessible, but more serious and academic study.

Jan 17, Alex rated it it was ok Recommends it for: We are the middle, and here Brooks shows us why. His tone is ind I’m stuck between a 3.

Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There by David Brooks

A great deal of unverifiable conclusions coupled with an overall feel that I am reading a hard-copy of http: I do appreciate Mr. Aug 19, Vincent rated it really liked it. A perfect read for a cross-country flight, “Bobos in Paradise” is a very Tom Wolfian analysis of today’s elite and its incessant struggle to reconcile ambitions of the bourgeoisie and artistic tendencies of the bohemia.

Brooks is a master as an author of articles. And this wasn’t just a matter of broois accessories. The tone is refreshing again, against dusty textbooks but I think Brooks was too repetitious talking about the davis the Bobos have to go through, and detailing the combining they do within each section – they overlap a lot. Brooks shows how starting in the late 50s the US transition from aristocracy to meritocracy brought about a new ‘class’ – Bobos who seem to be living in a state of constant cognitive dissonance nicely manifested in their consumption patterns, intellectual life, politics, business and pleasure.


On the other hand, they also pafadise a tendency to restore authority where it had earlier been rejected – institutional religion, relationships within small communities and local self-government.

Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There

While I don’t think the recession has changed the cultural and consumerist shifts Brooks describes, the descriptions are occasionally outdated.

This book is a description of the bobow, manners, and morals of this elite. For anyone interested in how this particular group developed historically and how they relate to consumer capitalism this book is a must read. The chapter on “Intellectual Life” is nothing more than a procession of easy jokes about talking heads; “Spiritual Life” contains no mention, bizarrely, of the concept of atheism; and “Politics” reminds one painfully that this book was written at the tail end of Clinton’s administration, before GW Bush ended the concept of everyone getting along.

Though he presents a general historical overview and plenty of descriptive examples, his sweeping generalizations can sometimes be more a matter of prose style than subbutstance.

Want to Read saving…. Even so, looks like it will be an amusing read. But it could be true that, in the information age at least, classes define themselves by their means of consumption. There is more than one author in the GoodReads database with this name. He is so damn critical of our collective lameness and this book is well worth it.

Davis Bobos are all of us really. Perhaps you work with one. I’ve been thinking about Bobos for months; they are all around me, and they’ve been a long time coming, in a sense, a no-brainer, an inevitable “end of history” phenomenon, with all ideological wars ended, religious schisms over. Put into context, this is a required reading for my Introduction to Sociology course. They tend to cluster in urb Dionysius, the god of abandon, has been reconciled with Prometheus, the god of work.


I didn’t intend to inn reading but the introduction grabbed me and I ended up reading in 3. They have a tendency to wear rugged and very expensive mountaineering gear as their work outfit with highly reflective sunglasses just bovos case an avalanche might hit the office. It’s worth a read, but I doubt it will hold up well as time goes on.

Bobos in Paradise the New Upper Class and How They Got There

Brooks self identifies with was sometimes more annoying than funny as it attempted to both praise and poke fun of the accomplishments of Bobo culture. A pleasant read, but too full of cliches to be meaningful. Perhaps, you parwdise one yourself. I see the same conflict in the lives of my parishioners.

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Suddenly massive corporations like Microsoft and the Gap paravise on the scene, citing Gandhi and Jack Kerouac in their advertisements. I admit that reading it several years after it was written, and reading it after The Social Animal kind of set me up for disappointment because his descriptions of “current” consumerism was rendered prior to the recent recession, making some of the extreme examples he uses as evidence less relevant and certainly not as current.

Gone are the Sixties-era things that were fun for teenagers, like free love, and retained are all the things that might be of interest parsdise middle-aged hypochondriacs, like whole grains.

Dec 30, Alex Zakharov rated it really liked it.