This is a very good leather-bound hardcover. Franklin Library Signed Limited Edition 1978. This copy is very good. Please see photos as there is some limited foxing inside on first few blank pages. Appears to be limited to first few blank pages as text pages appear clean. This edition is signed by author and includes tissue guard on signature page. Bound in full blue leather with gold gilt design and letterings. Handsome Smyth Sewn binding is tight and straight, like new. Silk Moire fabric endpaper have some fading but are very good. Attached silk ribbon bookmark. Hubbed spine accents this fine binding. This very good copy is price accordingly due to minor and mild foxing inside first few blank pages.
The Affluent Society was originally published in 1958 and revised in 1984. This is not a revised edition as published in 1978. It visits how post World War Two America became wealthy in the private sector but remained poor in the public sector with perpetuating income disparities and lacking social structure. It visits such still current themes such as how demand for goods and services is not created by the consumer but rather by the advertisers and companies that benefit from increased consumer spending. The author advocates for the growth of the New Class, or individuals.
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