Saturday, January 23, 2010

Cheap is in the Eye of the Beholder

Lauren Weber's In Cheap We Trust is truly a book for these times. Her historical review of thrift makes it clear that we neither would be in this economic mess nor would we be condemning future generations to economic catastrophe if we had only had the clarity of mind to truly understand and maintain the virtue of thrift to which we thought we had pledged allegiance. Along with helping to shatter our historical myths about virtue, the book provides a terrific review of the state of thrift in America today - a little late, to be sure, but better than never.

Lauren's mix of personal observations, candid family anecdotes, and a wonderfully piquant writing style made me wish that she had discussed the subject for more than the thrifty 279 pages in which she covers this fascinating topic. Those wishing to see for themselves can go to:

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