People of Plenty: Economic Abundance and the American Character (Google eBook)

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University of Chicago Press, Feb 15, 2009 - History - 248 pages
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America has long been famous as a land of plenty, but we seldom realize how much the American people are a people of plenty—a people whose distinctive character has been shaped by economic abundance. In this important book, David M. Potter breaks new ground both in the study of this phenomenon and in his approach to the question of national character. He brings a fresh historical perspective to bear on the vital work done in this field by anthropologists, social psychologists, and psychoanalysts.

"The rejection of hindsight, with the insistence on trying to see events from the point of view of the participants, was a governing theme with Potter. . . . This sounds like a truism. Watching him apply it however, is a revelation."—Walter Clemons, Newsweek

"The best short book on national character I have seen . . . broadly based, closely reasoned, and lucidly written."—Karl W. Deutsch, Yale Review


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Review: People of Plenty: Economic Abundance and the American Character

User Review  - Robert Ripson - Goodreads

I wish I had read this book 30 years ago. Although it carries a tone of scientific theory, the principles outlined from a sociology-psychological and historical perspective, the book does reveal the nature of modern America; its legacy, pitfalls, and possible outline for the future of America. Read full review

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User Review  - John - Goodreads

An interesting inquiry into the theme of abundance and its various manifestations in the American character. What prompted my interest in David Potter was a recommendation from Professor David M ... Read full review


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About the author (2009)

David M. Potter (1910-1971) was a professor of history at Yale University and, at the time of his death, Coe Professor of American History at Stanford University.

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