The Age of Entitlement: America Since the Sixties

The Age of Entitlement: America Since the Sixties Details

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 readers 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 fifty years gave the country two incompatible political systems—and drove it toward conflict.

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  • Murtaza

    Anyone who has studied the history of an era, let alone personally lived through it, will undoubtedly find things to mourn in its passing. None of us are free of this, nor is anything wrong with such ...

  • Blinkie

    A thoughtful look at the United Stated since the 60s. It is a mix of history, social commentary, and politics—yet reads like a novel. Completely engaging. A must read....

  • Scriptor Ignotus

    Not since the eve of our cataclysmic Civil War has the American nation been so perfectly agonized between two militantly distinct and irreconcilable political cultures. Far afield from superficial pol...

  • Serge

    A tactical and incendiary revisionist cultural history of the United States since 1964. While Caldwell may very well be a principled conservative, this book veils thinly his intellectual ventriloquism...

  • Dylan Wiedman

    This was a hard book to put down. It’s essentially an economic, political, and cultural commentary on how America’s current issues have their roots in the 60s. It starts with how the 60s civil rig...

  • Mark Seeley

    Powerful and sweeping that will provoke disagreement and debate. Once I started it, it was hard to put down. Mr. Caldwell is a conservative curmudgeon who perceives the unintended consequences of the ...

  • Patrick

    This is one of the most informative books I've ever read. There's an 'oh my gosh' moment from the depth of insight on nearly every page. It succinctly describes movements and periods of history with s...

  • Amanda

    Informative...

  • Dave

    4+...

  • Matt

    I read this having read a couple reviews claiming it was an insightful critique of US liberalism since the civil rights era. It is no such thing. There are rare bits of this that are thought-provoking...