The Theory of the Leisure Class, Paperback Book

The Theory of the Leisure Class Paperback

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4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.
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  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9780486280622

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Veblen's prose is almost intentionally abstruse, full of polysyllabics, many of which cannot be found in modern dictionaries. It seems almost as though he did not want to be understood by the uneducated.Veblen's ideas were perceptive, but his ways of expressing them, tortured and professorial. This book is definitely a candidate for condensation, a la Reader's Digest. This book could probably be more successful as a long essay, written in the modern vernacular.

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Everyone in America should read this book. Period. End of story.