The Future of Success
Robert B. Reich
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The dizzying exuberance of the Internet-driven marketplace offers unprecedented opportunities. But this technology is also a motor that relentlessly sharpens competition. When consumers can shift allegiance with the click of a mouse, sellers must make constant improvements—by cutting costs, adding value, requiring more time and work from employees whose job stability, in turn, declines daily. In short, the terrific deals on the new economy carry a steep price: more frenzied lives, less security, more economic and social stratification, the loss of time for family, friendship, community, and self.
In straightforward, impassioned language, using examples from everyday life, Reich clearly delineates what success is coming to mean in our time—the pitfalls and downturns hidden in the apparent advantages and advances—and suggests how we might create a more balanced society and more satisfying lives. The Future of Success is a stunning, timely book, certain to galvanize the nation's attention and alter the way we look at our future.
Reich, former secretary of labor and an influential author (The Work of Nations, Locked in the Cabinet) provides a provocative analysis of the new economy and how it is affecting lives. In substance, he argues that the current economic opportunities afforded by new communication, transportation, and information technologies have produced a workforce that is unable to perform individual, family, and community roles effectively in a job market that is frenzied, economically divergent, and socially stratified. The author provides an elegant description of the major differences between what became the standard during the Industrial Age and what is emerging as the standard today. He offers a provocative list of options that individuals, families, and communities might consider as they seek to reestablish a sense of balance in their lives. Recommended for both academic and larger public libraries.
—Library Journal, Norman B. Hutcherson, California State Univ., Bakersfield Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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About the Author
Robert B. Reich is University Professor at Brandeis University and Maurice B. Hexter Professor of Social and Economic Policy at Brandeis's Heller Graduate School. He has served in three national administrations, most recently as Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton. He is cofounder and national editor of The American Prospect, and his writings have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal. This is his eighth book. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with his wife, Clare Dalton. They have two sons.
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