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

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Thorndike Press, Feb 1, 2001 - Social Science - 404 pages
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It used to be pretty easy to distinguish between the bourgeois world of capitalism and the bohemian counterculture. The bourgeois worked for corporations, wore gray, and went to church; bohemians were artists and intellectuals. But now, the lines are blurred: It's hard to tell an espresso-sipping professor from a cappuccino-gulping banker. Laugh and sob as you read David Brooks' observations on the new dominant class. Bobos in Paradise is a witty and serious look at the cultural consequences of the information age and a penetrating description of how we live now.

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It used to be the bohemians vs. the bourgeois. Now, says a senior editor of The Weekly Standard, there are "bobos"--a confusing blend of both. Read full review


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David Brooks was born in Toronto, Canada on August 11, 1961. He received a degree in history from the University of Chicago in 1983. After graduation, he worked as a police reporter for the City News Bureau. His other jobs include numerous posts at The Wall Street Journal, a senior editor at The Weekly Standard, and a contributing editor at Newsweek and The Atlantic Monthly. He currently is an op-ed columnist for The New York Times since 2003 and a weekly commentator on PBS NewsHour. He is the author of the several books including Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There, On Paradise Drive: How We Live Now (And Always Have) in the Future Tense, and The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement. He is also the editor of the anthology Backward and Upward: The New Conservative Writing. David Brooks made the New York Times Best Seller List with his title Social Animal: the Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement and The Road to Character.

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