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The New Gilded Age: The New Yorker Looks at the Culture of Affluenceby David Remnick
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In keeping with its tradition of sending writers out into America to take the pulse of our citizens and civilization, The New Yorker over the past decade has reported on the unprecedented economy and how it haschanged the ways in which we live. This new anthology collects the best of these profiles, essays, and articles, which depict, in the magazine's inimitable style, the mega-, meta-, monster-wealth created in this, our newGilded Age.
Who are the barons of the new economy? Profiles of Martha Stewart by Joan Didion, Bill Gates by Ken Auletta, and AlanGreenspan by John Cassidy reveal the personal histories of our most influential citizens, people who affect our daily lives even more than we know. Who really understands the Web? Malcolm Gladwell analyzes the economics ofe-commerce in Clicks and Mortar. Profiles of two of the Internet's most respected analysts, George Gilder and Mary Meeker, expose the human factor in hot stocks, declining issues, and the instantfortunes created by an IPO. And in The Kids in the Conference Room, Nicholas Lemann meets McKinsey & Company's business analysts, the twenty-two-year-olds hired to advise America's CEOs on thefuture of their business, and the economy.
And what defines this new age, one that was unimaginable even five years ago? Susan Orleanhangs out with one of New York City's busiest real estate brokers (I Want This Apartment). A clicking stampede of Manolo Blahniks can be heard in Michael Specter's High-Heel Heaven.Tony Horwitz visits the little inn in the little town where moguls graze (The Inn Crowd). Meghan Daum flees her maxed-out credit cards. Brendan Gill lunches with Brooke Astor at the Metropolitan Club.And Calvin Trillin, in his masterly Marisa and Jeff, portrays the young and fresh faces of greed.
Eras oftenbegin gradually and end abruptly, and the people who live through extraordinary periods of history do so unaware of the unique qualities of their time. The flappers and tycoons of the 1920s thought the bootleg, and thespeculation, would flow perpetually-until October 1929. The shoulder pads and the junk bonds of the 1980s came to feel normal--until October 1987. Read as a whole, The New Gilded Age portrays America, here, today, now-an epoch so exuberant and flush and in thrall of risk that forecasts of its conclusion are dismissed as Luddite brays. Yet under The New Yorker's examination, our current day is ex-posed as aspecial time in history: affluent and aggressive, prosperous and peaceful, wired and wild, and, ultimately, finite.
"The New Yorker's" best writers, including Joan Didion, John Updike, Jonathan Harr, and others express how our unprecedented economy has changed the ways in which we live today.
Thirty-three essays from "The New Yorker" explore the effects of the recent years of unprecedented prosperity and economic change on American society.
In keeping with its tradition of sending writers out into America to take the pulse of our citizens and our civilization, The New Yorker over the past several years has reported on how our unprecedented economy has changed the ways in which we live today. The New Gilded Age offers the best of these stories in a volume about America 2000, here, today, now: Susan Orlean on real estate brokers; Joan Didion on Martha Stewart; Malcolm Gladwell on marketing; John Cassidy on Alan Greenspan; John Updike on the sentimental value of the penny; and a handful of inimitable, thank-God-for-her Roz Chast cartoons. Also included are moving profiles of people the economy has left behind: a struggling literary-fiction writer; the former girlfriend of a drug dealer; a young woman fleeing her maxed-out credit cards. Put together, these stories make up a timely volume that many of The New Yorker's loyal 830,000 subscribers will want to read. Edited and introduced by Pulitzer Prize winner David Remnick, The New Gilded Age is a collection of writing that is both current and classic, like The New Yorker itself.
About the Author
DAVID REMNICK is the editor of The New Yorker. He is the author of several books, including King of the World and Lenin's Tomb, for which he won the Pulitzer Prize in 1994. He lives in New York City with his wife and three children.
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