Were You Born on the Wrong Continent?: How the European Model Can Help You Get a Life (Paperback)
Tired of working ’til you drop and not going anywhere? Try to imagine your life in a full-blown European social democracy—especially the German version. In an idiosyncratic, entertaining travelogue written in a chatty, anecdotal style [that’s] appealingly digressive and winning” (Publishers Weekly), Thomas Geoghegan explains the appeal of boring” Germany, where workers sit as directors on the big corporate boards and ordinary people have six weeks off and retire with pensions like golden parachutes.
Free public goods, a bit of worker control, and whopping trade surpluses—the German version of European socialism” doesn’t sound too bad. Were You Born on the Wrong Continent? explains where you might have been happier—or at least had time off to be unhappy properly. Written with humor and candor, making for an easy, fun read” (AARP Bulletin), it is also a timely, cogently argued, laugh-out-loud-funny book” (Katrina vanden Heuvel). And it tells us why Americans should pay attention to Germany, where ordinary people can work three hundred to four hundred hours less a year than we do and still have one of the most competitive economies in the world.
About the Author
Thomas Geoghegan is a practicing attorney and the author of several books, including "Which Side Are You On?", which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and received a special citation from the PEN/Martha Albrand Award judges. Geoghegan contributes regularly to "The American Prospect" and lives in Chicago.
[C]lever and immensely appealing.
Witty and ironicand to the point. . . . [A] necessary primer.
Geoghegan’s passing comments are entertaining and his acerbic wit fun as he buttresses his case with hard facts. . . . [P]olitical economics with a human face.
St. Petersburg Times
Geoghegan . . . once again entertains and instructs us. And by showing that a more humane form of capitalism is not only possible but actually succeeding in the heart of Europe, he also gives us hope.