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On Paradise Drive: How We Live Now (And Always Have) In The Future Tense

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2004 non-fiction book by David Brooks

The author of the acclaimed bestseller Bobos in Paradise, which hilariously described the upscale American culture, takes a witty look at how being American shapes us, and how America's suburban civilization will shape the world's future. Take a look … see full wiki

Tags: Books, Nonfiction, History, Sociology, Class, Civilization & Culture
Author: David Brooks
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Date Published: May 25, 2004
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It's really the future that motivates Americans.

  • Dec 23, 2008
David Brooks has a theory.  The American people are not as shallow, greedy and self-absorbed as we appear to the rest of the world.  There is no doubt that many of us are workaholics, own far more "stuff" than we really need and eat more than half of our meals in bland "chain" restaurants.  In page after page in "On Paradise Drive: How We Live Now (And Always Have) In The Future Tense" Brooks pokes fun at the way Americans of all classes, all occupations and all political persuasions go about living their everyday lives.  He has pithy comments about the way we live, work and shop as well as the way we educate our young people.  Many of his observations are "laugh out loud" funny.  Now given all of this evidence it is certainly not difficult to understand why so many people all over the world dislike us so much.  David Brooks would refute those perceptions and argues that what really drives the American people is an abiding optimism for the future.  He firmly believes that it is this eternal optimism that distinguishes us from the rest of the world.  And he makes several fairly cogent points to support his argument.  Among them is a list of many of the "doom and gloom" books that have been published over the past 50 years.  I must confess that I have read a great many of them myself.  "On Paradise Drive: How We Live Now (And Always Have) In The Future Tense"  is a thoughtful, entertaining and extremely well written book.  A nice change of pace for those who normally devour books on much more serious subjects.      Recommended.

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