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By Lizabeth Cohen

during this sign paintings of historical past, Bancroft Prize winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist Lizabeth Cohen exhibits how the pursuit of prosperity after international warfare II fueled our pervasive buyer mentality and remodeled American life.

Trumpeted as a way to advertise the overall welfare, mass intake fast outgrew its financial pursuits and have become synonymous with patriotism, social equality, and the yankee Dream. fabric items got here to embrace the promise of the USA, and the facility of customers to buy every thing from vacuum cleaners to convertibles gave upward thrust to the ability of voters to buy political effect and influence social switch. but regardless of indisputable successes and remarkable affluence, mass intake additionally fostered financial inequality and the fracturing of society alongside gender, category, and racial strains. In charting the advanced legacy of our “Consumers’ Republic” Lizabeth Cohen has written a daring, encompassing, and profoundly influential book.

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