Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The Culture of Excess

Genre: Business/politics

Title: The Culture of Excess: How America Lost Self-Control and Why We Need to Redefine Success

Author: J.R. Slosar

“Can Generation Me, become Generation We?”

The seemingly sudden onset of the Great Recession has led many people to ask questions about what caused this massive economic downturn. Clinical psychologist J.R. Slosar tries to answer this question more broadly by investigating the influence narcissism and excess have had in shaping a generation of Americans.

J.R. Slosar is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Irvine, Ca. He is an adjunct asst. professor at Chapman U, Orange. Ca. Drawing upon his own experience as a college professor to enrich the academic research, Slosar draws together disparate elements ranging from childrearing and grade inflation to foreign policy in Iraq to demonstrate how a desire for instant gratification and sense of entitlement have led to moral ambiguity, reckless deregulation, and ultimately the financial collapse which dominated the end of the 2008 Presidential election.

The net the author casts is broad, when he speaks to his psychological training, his ability to synthesize existing research into his hypothesis is excellent. Readers will make up their own mind about passages on the science behind weapons of mass destruction and the stock market, The Culture of Excess is nevertheless a well-thought-out explanation of the forces driving our society down in recent years. More information and Book available at:

Terence P. Ward, Allbooks Review.

Publisher: Pre pub