Bobos in Paradise (Paperback)

The New Upper Class and How They Got There

By David Brooks

Simon & Schuster, 9780684853789, 288pp.

Publication Date: March 6, 2001

List Price: 17.00*
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Do you believe that spending $15,000 on a media center is vulgar, but that spending $15,000 on a slate shower stall is a sign that you are at one with the Zenlike rhythms of nature? Do you work for one of those visionary software companies where people come to work wearing hiking boots and glacier glasses, as if a wall of ice were about to come sliding through the parking lot? If so, you might be a Bobo.
In his bestselling work of "comic sociology," David Brooks coins a new word, Bobo, to describe today's upper class -- those who have wed the bourgeois world of capitalist enterprise to the hippie values of the bohemian counterculture. Their hybrid lifestyle is the atmosphere we breathe, and in this witty and serious look at the cultural consequences of the information age, Brooks has defined a new generation.

Praise For Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There

Janet Maslin
The New York Times

Delectable...a tartly amusing, all too accurate guide to the new establishment.

Chris Tucker
The Dallas Morning News

Thanks to Brooks, bobos will join preppies, yuppies, and angry white males in the American lexicon.

Emily Prager
The Wall Street Journal

Hilarious and enlightening.

Jonathan Yardley
The Washington Post

Perceptive and amusing. [Brooks] has identified the salient characteristics of this new elite, and he describes them with accuracy and wit.