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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Their ascent is attributed to the importance of highly educated persons in the modern economy. Spirituality, like other areas of Bobo life, seems to display itself in utter contradiction. Brooks is astute in describing recent trends in business, academe, culture, and consumption, and how they are inter-related.

The Bobos have invaded the business world, and they have brought their countercultural mental framework with them to the old conference rooms of the bourgeoise.

Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There, by David Brooks

A pleasant read, but too full of cliches to be meaningful. The book reads like a series of essays – which in fairness it is, kind of.

Nonetheless, this observation does not distract from the book since Brooks’ intention is to make an impression not a necessarily win an brook. From what I remember, this book starts out strong and fades near the middle, but the early chapters are worth a read even if you don’t make it to the end.

These Bobos define our age. Davidd actual sociological analysis is very entertaining albeit somewhat shallow. Everything we do must serve the Life Mission, which is cultivation, progress, and self-improvement. View all 6 comments. When I got to the end and read the acknowledgements, it turns out I was right.


Refresh and try again. Nov 28, GoldGato rated it really liked it Recommends it for: I think my parents are just straight-up Bohemians. They 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 in Paradise

This page was last edited on 5 Octoberat Both of these chapters, while sometimes funny in a snarky way, seemed to focus on a much more narrow subset of the larger bobo experience that the rest of the book describes.

His book gives us a glimpse into the latitudinarian attitudes of the middle and upper classes in America, along with their somewhat ridiculous commitment to being “authentic. This book is probably a classic at this point published inon par with “Bowling Alone” or “The World is Flat”. I haven’t read this in a few years, but I still remember the opening descriptions of the New York Times wedding announcements — pages that profile the glittery overachievers who attended the right schools, have the right parents, and will undoubtedly go on to produce just the right kind of children.

My main complaint, I think, is that the “class” term is thrown about very loosely here. We have reached the point, says Brooks, where ‘the hedonism of Woodstock mythology has been domesticated and now serves as a management tool for the Fortune Brooks argues that the stability and economic prosperity America enjoys today are the principal achievement of the bobo era, and that these transformations will continue to have far-reaching impacts in the future.

From the back cover as seen on Amazon: It’s worth a read, but I doubt it will hold up well as time goes on. Books like The Organization Man, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, The Affluent Society, The Status Seekers, and The Protestant Establishment were the first expressions of the new educated class ethos, and while the fever and froth of the s have largely burned away, the ideas of these s intellectuals continue to resonate. If you like jokes about Restoration Hardware, by all means, read this book; if you’re looking for insight or even entertainment, I can’t recommend it.


In the book with which Brooks will always be associated, he allows us to taste the surprisingly pleasant combination of bourgeois and bohemian cultures.

Are you a BOurgeois BOhemian?

He lives in Bethesda, Maryland. Feb 02, Ben O rated it really liked it. By clicking ‘Sign me up’ I acknowledge that I have read and agree to the privacy policy and terms of use. Get a FREE e-book by joining our mailing list today! He relates to Marx’s Communist Manifesto, and says that America initially had two classes: Jan 17, Alex rated it it was ok Recommends it for: Apr 11, Alex Feinberg rated it it was ok.

So the people who thrive in this period are the ones who can turn ideas and emotions into products.

I also think he used too many examples. Being a pastor, I was especially interested pardaise reading Brooks’ observations on the spiritual life of the bourgeois bohemians. His wealthy white-bread Pennsylvania hometown was now firmly focaccia, with half a dozen new gourmet coffee shops, independent booksellers and countless purveyors of ‘fat smelly candles’ and ‘hand-painted TV armoires’.

As education and information became increasingly more important the social group which came of age in the s culled values and attitudes from both groups becoming the new group of Bobos.

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