Bobos in Paradise has ratings and reviews. Jason said: David Brooks is, for lack of a better term, David Brooks. He has two schticks. First is. INTRODUCTION. Bobos in Paradise The New Upper Class and How They Got There By DAVID BROOKS Simon & Schuster. Read the Review. David Brooks is a senior editor of the Weekly Standard. He also Bobos in Paradise is a pop treatise on the United States’ upper class of the new millennium.

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In fact, I wondered if these chapters weren’t a little more autobiographical than the rest. I was reading this very book while sitting in a cafe and two tables over, I saw Bobos In Conversation. Paradlse, Brooks focuses on our elites, our ruling class: I didn’t intend to start reading but the introduction grabbed me and I ended up reading in 3.

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Sign up and get a free eBook! I’m stuck between a 3. By clicking ‘Sign me up’ I acknowledge that I have read and agree to the privacy policy and terms of use. View all 4 comments. The book, however, has the feel of several articles strung together. In some ways, I think it is more insulting than old-school upper-class stodginess. Bobos, according to Brooks, crave “freedom and flexibility on the one hand and the longing for rigor and orthodoxy on the other” pg Often of the corporate upper classthey claim highly tolerant views of others, purchase expensive and exotic items, and believe American society to be meritocratic.

It makes them so much more crass, at least, to my mind. Individual expression is placed at the heart of this new culture, determining the bobos’ shopping habits and defining their personal and professional success. They “feel” for the labor and working class and often purchase American-made goods rather than less expensive imports from developing nations.

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The word boboBrooks’ most famously used term, is an abbreviated form of the words bourgeois and bohemiansuggesting a fusion of two distinct social classes the counter-culturalhedonistic and artistic bohemian, and the white collarcapitalist bourgeois.

One doesn’t really need to read each section closely to understand what he’s getting at. The book reads like a series of paradide – which in fairness it is, kind of. His tone is indeed witty, biting, slightly sarcastic, and he states straight off in the introduction there will be no statistics, and it’s nothing Marx has to fear.

Brooks’ writing emphasizes the big picture but forsakes many of the details that comprise it. If you like jokes about Restoration Hardware, by all means, re There’s a half-decent New Yorker article in here Definitely worth checking out. The other handicap that this amusing book suffers from is that its dominant note is one of millennial complacency. Apr 21, Patrick rated it liked it Shelves: I wanted it to be good.

Oct 26, James rated it really liked it. But just as we’re having fun, it shifts to serious social commentary. A lot of fun to read – for me I try to be a little more bohemian than bourgeois but it’s a constant struggle. He has two schticks. Brooks’ work of “comic sociology” is essentially a grown-up, much better researched version paradiss my favorite blog “Stuff White People Like.

I can’t help it; I love myself some David Brooks, and this book is no exception. It’s no accident that the Bay Area, the centre of the Summer of Love, is now also the home base for a disproportionate number of educated-class retailers, like the Gap, Restoration Hardware and Williams-Sonoma. While I’m glad not to read a textbook full of stodgy statistics and all, this book started to get on my nerves near the end. Though he presents a general historical overview and plenty of descriptive examples, his sweeping generalizations can sometimes be more a matter of prose style than subbutstance.


They are by instinct anti-establishmentarian, yet somehow sense they have become a new establishment. I don’t see it. If Christopher Columbus had been a Bobo, he would have returned to Spain and exclaimed, “We didn’t find China, but we did find ourselves”.

Jul 30, Joel rated it it was ok. In this days and age, we are “free to be you and me,” but at the same time we believe in respect for others and working hard and making everything around us a goal.

Jun 30, Kate marked it as to-read. Broojs have a lot of money, no real industry, just information, and lots of organic chefs, free trade coffee establishments and places to recycle or compost. Bobos like small towns and authentic people and authentic church and preservation efforts and stuff like that but only insomuch as they enjoy it This article relies largely or entirely on a single source. The beloved bobos are not beyond Brooks’ criticism, most paradisf which probably stems from his own discontent within his life.

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

Bad math, I know. Brooks also investigates the bobos’ spiritual and political beliefs. Jul 02, Anita rated it really liked it. Retrieved 5 August Also, as a non-American, this book references a lot of American figures I was not familiar with. Would you not say that on a scale ranging from the ideals of the 50’s to the ideals of the 60’s, you’d likely be very near the middle?

Bobos in Paradise

Their hybrid culture is the atmosphere we all breathe. Life should be an extended hobby. Jul 17, Katie rated it it was ok.