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The New Gilded Age: The New Yorker Looks at the Culture of Affluence

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In keeping with its tradition of sending writers out into America to take the pulse of our citizens and civilization, The New Yorker over the past decade has reported on the unprecedented economy and how it has changed the ways in which we live. This new anthology collects the best of these profiles, essays, and articles, which depict, in the magazine's inimitable style, t ...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published November 6th 2001 by Modern Library (first published 2000)
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Grindy Stone
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the New Yorker anthologies that is a sneaky good one. The few years leading up to Y2K were just as crass as the 1980's and "me" oriented as the 1970s, and the collection pulls no punches at examining some of the crass, self-centered folks of the era (including a spot-on profile of Donald Trump, who then as now was a vapid showboat whose empire seems built on illiquidity, debt, and speculation), as well as those at the other end of that Gilded Age.
Feb 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Like any compilation, some essays will be better than others. Like any compilation that's 20 years old at this point, some writing will feel dated while some will maintain classic relevance. There's a bit of both in here. It's an enjoyable book wherein the reader shouldn't feel bad about skipping essays if the mood strikes them.
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Short stories about figures from the pop culture, a myth of our time if you will.
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great collection of New Yorker profiles from the heyday of the Long Boom, with some of its best business writing ever. (But the Trump profile seems really soft when re-read from the vantage of 2017.)
Matthew Ciarvella
Oct 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
A curious mixture of the sublime and the staid. With any articles read more than a few years removed from the era in which they were written, there is a chance that they will not have aged well, that the context in which they flourished no longer permeates the world. One hopes that such things will have a certain timelessness, which would be why they're worth putting into a book in the first place, but this doesn't always work. And then there's the chance that even the book itself might not be l ...more
Ivan Benedict
Apr 24, 2014 rated it it was ok
This is an anthology of articles from the "New Yorker"
magazine. For a number of years I read this weekly
magazine, practically cover-to-cover. But I no
longer do. I had read none of the articles in this book.
The writing throughout is in the high standard of this
magazine. However, most of it is out-of-date. The
articles are all loosely connected to themes of wealth,
economy, or even non-wealth. But since the latest article
is dated April 2000, nothing relates to the recession that
we still feel. So m
May 23, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
This ambitious collection boasts a half dozen enthralling features that one would expect from the usual excellent calibre of The New Yorker. It's supported by many more astutely observed pieces, but for this reader, the topic of wealth got a little exhausting and exhausted, tapering off amid an elitist air and too gradual pace... TNGA is strongest when it's telling remarkable human stories (Trump, Gates, those on the social margins, first-person confessionals). The pithy bits were not for me - s ...more
Mar 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
Profiles, trend pieces, and slices of life from the boom years of the late 1990s. It was probably more interesting to read this book now than it would've been when it came out - it freezes in time the internet boom and the country's pre-September 11 giddiness.
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David Remnick (born October 29, 1958) is an American journalist, writer, and magazine editor. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 1994 for his book Lenin s Tomb The Last Days of the Soviet Empire. Remnick has been editor of The New Yorker magazine since 1998. He was named Editor of the Year by Advertising Age in 2000. Before joining The New Yorker, Remnick was a reporter and the Moscow correspondent for Th ...more

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