In the United States, wealth means happiness; consumerism, greed, and the insatiable desire for more is an American obsession. In the native tradition of Twain, Veblen, and Mencken, Harper's Magazine editor-in-chief, Lewis Lapham, skewers our fascination with the green goddess.

Witty, outrageous, outspoken, and irreverent, Lapham observes the nation's real pastime with priceless acumen, in a fascinating book that will leave you thinking, talking, and taking sides.