Boob Jubilee by Thomas Frank
The Mad Cultural Politics of the New Economy: Salvos from the Baffler

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Salvos of sane and humorous dissent from the worship of the almighty market.

For a magazine dedicated to debunking the nation's business culture, the final years of the twentieth century overflowed with bounty. "It was the most spectacular outbreak of mass delirium that we are likely to see in our lifetimes," wrote the editors of The Baffler. What was for others the dawn of a "New Economy" was for The Baffler a cornucopia of absurdity the costliest political and financial hustle in living memory. Reporting from places far from the white-hot centers of the libertarian revolution, Baffler writers were the people of whom it was fashionable to say they just don't get it. While New Democrats turned somersaults for Wall Street and economic commentary became puffery, these bold, talented, and very funny writers observed the crescendo of folly with which the century turned. Here their best writings are selected, updated, and reaffirmed, to sharpen our wits and inoculate us against follies yet to come.

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Thomas Frank is the author of "What's the Matter with Kansas? "and "One Market Under God," The founding editor of "The Baffler "and a contributing editor at "Harper's," Frank has received a Lannan award and been a guest columnist for "The New York Times," He lives, of course, in Washington, D.C. Dave Mulcahey is managing editor of The Baffler. They live in Chicago.
Published September 17, 2003 by W. W. Norton & Company. 416 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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There’s not a rotten apple in these 32 articles, but all have range, depth, and purpose, whether about union-busting at newspapers (of some pugnacious strikers, “one begins to suspect they might be the last of the hardened, rooted, class-conscious species of journalists that defined American lite...

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