First, a note about the cover design. The photo does not do it justice, but this is a beautiful and provocative cover. It is truly a work of art.
Kotkin’s book only has 172 pages of text, but it is not a quick read. This is hardly due to a lack of lucid writing. Indeed, the book is written in a very lucid manner. The reason it is not a quick read, or at least should not be a quick read, is that Kotkin packs so much in for the reader to consider.
In a nutshell, this book does a brilliant job at detailing the forces that are hollowing out the middle class.
Yes, the text only is 172 pages, but Kotkin’s prodigious research into these issue yields almost 100 pages of endnotes.