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The Good Life: The Meaning of Success for the American Middle Class
by Loren Baritz
A leading American historian provides the most comprehensive and interesting survey yet of the growth of the middle class in America. Baritz follows the development of the "mainstream" and details the shifting values and ideas from the twenties through the Depression and WWII to the seventies.
Paperback, 361 pages
Published January 1st 1990 by Harper Perennial
(first published December 24th 1988)
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The roots of the American middle class are traced through time to the experiences of various immigrant groups and national insecurity. I feel like I learned a decent amount from reading this (the more things change the more they stay the same!), but I'm having a hell of a time remembering what exactly it was I learned.