The Future of Success

The Future of Success

Working and Living in the New Economy

By Robert B. Reich

Vintage, Paperback, 9780375725128, 304pp.

Publication Date: January 8, 2002

If you think it's getting harder to both make a living and make a life, economist and former secretary of labor Robert Reich agrees with you. Americans may be earning more than ever before, but we're paying a steep price: we're working longer, seeing our families less, and our communities are fragmenting.
With the clarity and insight that are his hallmarks, Reich delineates what success has come to mean in our time. He demonstrates that although we have more choices as consumers, and investors, the choices themselves are undermining the rest of our lives. It is getting harder for people to be confident of what they will be earning next year, or even next month. At the same time, our society is splitting into socially stratified enclaves--the wealthier walled off and gated, the poorer isolated and ignored. Although the trends he discusses are powerful, they are not irreversible, and Reich makes provocative suggestions for how we might create a more balanced society and more satisfying lives. Some of his ideas may surprise you; all should spark a healthy-and essential-national debate."

About the Author
Robert B. Reich is Chancellor s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and Senior Fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies.

Praise For The Future of Success

"Reich is a big thinker and a great writer." –The Washington Post

“A valuable work. . . . Reich has a talent for mastering economic and social complexities and making them easy for the layperson to grasp.” –The Wall Street Journal

"A well-researched and documented analysis of the present state of working life in America." –The Plain Dealer

“Reich writes in ways unusual for an economist; he is self-effacing, witty and more interested in exploring the world’s complexities than in uncovering unvarying laws.” – The New York Times Book Review