The Affluent Society by John Kenneth Galbraith

The Affluent Society is a 1958 book by Harvard economist John Kenneth Galbraith. The book sought to clearly outline the manner in which the post-World War II America was becoming wealthy in the private sector but remained poor in the public sector, lacking social and physical infrastructure, and perpetuating income disparities. The book sparked much public discussion at the time, and it is widely remembered for Galbraith's popularizing of the term "conventional wisdom". Many of the same ideas were later expanded and refined in Galbraith's 1967 book, The New Industrial State.

The 153rd greatest nonfiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 46th on The Modern Library | 100 Best Nonfiction (The Modern Library)
  2. - 50 Memorable Books from 50 Years of Books to Remember (The New York Public Library)
  3. - Best Books Ever (bookdepository.com)
  4. - 48 Good Books (University of Buffalo)
  5. - The 100 Best Nonfiction Books of All Time (The Guardian)

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
The Affluent Society: Fourth Edition Mass Market Paperback 12814375 $2.99 1963
The Affluent Society, Second Edition, Revised Hardcover 5189977 $2.00 1969
Galbraith: The Affluent Society & Other Writings, 1952-1967: American Capitalism / The Great Crash, 1929 / The Affluent Society / The New Industrial State Hardcover 458181 $23.21 $15.33 2010
The Affluent Society Paperback 150978 $9.91 $2.34 1998
The Affluent Society (Mentor Series) Mass Market Paperback 10985763 $57.90 $0.09 1963
The Affluent Society Mass Market Paperback 2419414 $1.99 1963
The Affluent Society (A Mentor Book) Paperback 2530182 $49.99 $0.01
The Affluent Society (A Mentor Book) 1958 PAPERBACK MT534. Mass Market Paperback 975780 $0.01
The Affluent Society Hardcover 705037 $96.40 $0.78
The Affluent Society Kindle Edition 48291 $9.99 1998
The Affluent Society Paperback 2225704 $8.37 $2.31 1998
Galbraith: The Affluent Society & Other Writings, 1952-1967: American Capitalism / The Great Crash, 1929 / The Affluent Society / The New Industrial State Hardcover 2756785 $27.43 $17.38 2010
The Affluent Society: 4th Edition Hardcover 1896817 $92.61 $7.75 1984
The Affluent Society (Penguin Business) Paperback 4484405 $9.28 $1.05 1999
The Affluent Society Mass Market Paperback 5179309 $2.57
Affluent Society Hardcover 12545539 $91.57 $1.81 1977
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The Affluent Society (Penguin Economics) Paperback 7680180 $5.75
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The Affluent Society (Mentor Books, MT534) Mass Market Paperback 8862491 $0.99
Affluent Society 2ND Edition Revised Hardcover 9197284 $13.94
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THE AFFLUENT SOCIETY Second Edition,revised Hardcover 2428720 $0.01
The Affluent Society Paperback 12360115 $0.01
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