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The Wilding of America: Money, Mayhem, and the New American Dream

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  86 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
The American Dream champions individualism. But at what price? In this timely revision of The Wilding of America, Charles Derber chronicles the latest incidents of "wilding" - extreme acts of self-interested violence and greed - that signal an eroding of the moral landscape of American society. Despite this ever-increasing emphasis on individualism in America, Derber offer ...more
Paperback, 206 pages
Published May 17th 2006 by Worth Publishers (first published January 1996)
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Jack Wolfe
Sep 13, 2016 Jack Wolfe rated it really liked it
I read the second edition, which is now fifteen years old but still-- surprise!-- highly relevant to our world today. Despite a few glaring typographical errors (now-Senator Sherrod Brown was a CongressMAN, not a CongressWOMAN) and Derber's preference for anecdotal evidence (his stories are shocking, but it wouldn't be hard to find shocking murders throughout American history, even during periods of relatively little "wilding"), "The Wilding of America" seems accurate in both its analysis of ind ...more
May 09, 2014 Greg rated it it was ok
The Book would be better titled “Greed, Selfishness and Desire in America presented in newspaper Headline Snippets”. The endless one-sided representation of wilding became extremely annoying and redundant. Corporate wilding destroying communities and workers lives? How about the union wilding that has also helped fuel the fire?

This book could have been so much more, but settled instead on sensationalism as opposed to the human element that creates these institutions. We all know the world is fi
May 16, 2015 Algernon rated it liked it
Shelves: politics, sociology
A call to increased civic participation, from community organizations to social movements, against the phenomenon Derber defines as "wilding" - a morally uninhibited pursuit of selfish desire (such as money and power), an excess of individualism. He explores the topic in various areas of American life including economics, politics, religion, and popular culture. He also correctly distinguishes alienation, rather than apathy, as a cause for low participation in elections or societal institutions, ...more
Bruno Manning
Mar 17, 2009 Bruno Manning rated it liked it
Has he addressed the fact that the Central-Park-Jogger rapists were all acquitted? I mean... they were his thesis statement, no?
Dec 29, 2012 Laurenbreithaupt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great message - I wish they could portray the same message without the political commentary.
Jun 09, 2013 Kaila rated it really liked it
Read for school, good book.
Jun 06, 2009 Ashley rated it liked it
I read this for a class but I really enjoyed reading it. I ended up writing a 15 page paper on this book.
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Charles Derber is Professor of Sociology at Boston College and has written 17 books - on politics, economy, capitalism, war, the culture wars, culture and conversation, and social change. He writes for and has been reviewed in the NY Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, Truthout, and other leading media. His books are translated into Chinese, Korean, Tamil, German and Polish- and he is a
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