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Impulse Society : America in the Age of Instant Gratification (Reprint) (Paperback) (Paul Roberts)

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The Impulse Society confronts a world where business shamelessly seeks the fastest reward, regardless of long-term social costs; where political leaders choose short-term fixes over broad, sustainable social progress; where individuals are exploited by a consumer marketplace that targets our private cravings but ignores our spiritual well-being and the larger needs of our families and communities. How did we get here?

Drawing on the latest research in economics, psychology, political philosophy, and business management, Paul Roberts shows how a potent combination of rapidly advancing technologies, corrupted ideologies, and bottom-line business ethics has pushed us toward a virtual merging of the market and the self. And yet, The Impulse Society finds hopeful signs for reclaiming balance---not least, a revolt among everyday Americans against these quick-fix values. Inspired by their example, Roberts outlines a way back to a world of real and lasting good

"The Impulse Society is a feisty read and full of energy." --Financial Times

"Provide[s] fresh thoughts about community in the United States that might win assent from left and right alike"---E.J. Dionne JR., The Washington Post

"[Roberts'] comments on distraction and on immediacy are pertinent and help to characterize something that has gone badly wrong with American morale" ---The New York Times Book Review

"[A] brilliant and thought-provoking new work Roberts glides easily from one topic to the next, each more fascinating than the previous example. His explanations of complex topics are nuanced. yet simple to grasp ... The Impulse Society is immensely satisfying to read. Like an antidote to the title of his book. Roberts' words bring gratification over time and a long and well-developed argument" ---The Seattle Times
Edition: Reprint
Number of Pages: 308
Genre: Social Science, History
Sub-Genre: Civilization
Format: Paperback
Publisher: St Martins Pr
Author: Paul Roberts
Language: English
Street Date: September 8, 2015
TCIN: 50125865
UPC: 9781620407660
Item Number (DPCI): 248-01-2953
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