"The Skidelskys ask a pivotal question: Is there no end to our constant quest for more and more wealth? As the world economy stutters and we look for ways to restart the engine, their arguments pull us up short. Are we not prosperous enough already and missing a far richer life without the perpetual quest for needless economic growth?" --Nicholas Wapshott, author of "Keynes Hayek: The Clash That Defined Modern Economics".
"What perfect timing! "How Much is Enough?" is what every graying Baby Boomer I know is asking right now. The Skidelskys argue that time is not ONLY money, as many driven New Yorkers seem to think, and urge workaholic Americans to devote more of it to pursuing the good life. Sounds like wise advice to me. As my desk mate at the "New York Times" in the 1990s used to remind me at least once a day: All you really HAVE is your TIME ." --Sylvia Nasar, author of "Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius"
"The authors turn to historical fiction, philosophy, and political theory, drawing on Faust, Marx's critique of capitalism, and Aristotle's uses of wealth. Their conclusion that concepts like respect, friendship, and community are more likely to contribute to satisfaction and overall happiness than wealth makes for a fascinating, if cerebral, read." -"Publishers Weekly"
"Intriguingly, [the Skidelskys'] intellectual guiding star is not Marx or even Keynes but Aristotle: we are repeatedly brought back to Aristotle's bafflement at the idea that money itself could be regarded as a sort of agent or a sort of life-form, let alone a self-explanatory goal for human activity." -"Prospect "(UK)show more