Although the focus of the analysis is the construction of Chicago's United Center that opened in 1995, the book is also a much broader commentary on the "New Guilded Age
" (page 6) that has seen a concentration of wealth towards those individuals who can sway politicians and capture enormous economic rents from local taxpayers who receive little in the way of benefits.
The Essential Guide to the Manners and Mores of the Guilded Age
might initially seem to be a book of etiquette from bygone years, but it also is an unexpectedly lively history and will delight history readers who receive a fun dose of facts and insights from early New York women's experiences of the late 1800s.
"Why We're in a New Guilded Age
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Bartels, Unequal Democracy The Political Economy of the New Guilded Age
. Nueva York: Russell Sage Foundation-Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2008, p.
They cover air conditioning, migration, and climate-related wage and rent differentials; the burden of the evidence for the rail-guided vehicle industry in Italy, 1861-1913; English banking and payments before 1826; a statistical history of retail trade by Federal Reserve District 1919 to 1939; and the great fortunes of the Guilded Age
and the crisis of 1893.
Most of the increase in inequality in what Barrels (2008) calls "the New Guilded Age
" emerged in the relative gains of the top 1% in income, and especially the top 0.1%--which, as of 2007, took home one-eighth of the entire national income.
The group found Erik Larson's nonfiction account, Devil in the White City, a fine portrait of America during the Guilded Age
. Larson's wonderful writing provided the best description group members had ever read about the 1893 World's Fair and late one of the club's classic picks, was dramatized as a miniseries on Masterpiece Theatre.
In that respect he was the quintessential politician." The consequence of this romanticized vision of the past is that it glosses over the great tragedies that have shaped American identity: the brutalities of slavery the lawlessness of the Western frontier and the materialism of the Guilded Age