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Beyond Our Means: Why America Spends While the World Saves (9780691135991): Sheldon Garon: Books. Garon's policy recommendations could help shift the national trend towards saving more and position Americans towards greater financial health. -- Worth[O]ne of the world's leading authorities on the history of saving. -- Joshua Rothman, Boston GlobeGaron makes a powerful case that savings isn't about culture. It's policy. . . . You'll think about savings policies differently after [you] pick up a copy of Beyond Our Means. -- Christopher Farrell, economics editor of Marketplace Money[A] fascinating new book. . . . Garon believes the tide can turn, and offers some levelheaded policy suggestions for how America can restore a lasting balance between spending and saving. -- Larry Cox, King Features Weekly ServiceHow the Anglo-world came to live 'beyond their means . . . while the world saves' is the big question of Sheldon Garon's fascinating book. It could not be more timely. Readers who worry that it might be too technical, do not fear. This is a history of flesh and blood, as Garon reclaims the topic from the economists. Facts and figures are surrounded by real people and rich illustrations that convey how passionate societies came to be about saving. Postal saving has never been so sexy. -- Frank Trentmann, BBC History Magazine[A] very important book for critics of capitalism. . . . Garon explains in an ambitious book that roams across centuries and continents . . . why much of Europe and Asia embraced, and stuck with, a savings culture while the US first adopted and then abandoned one. It's intriguing social history. -- Stephen Matchett, AustralianProfessor Garon offers brilliant scholarship, engaging reading, and some practical insights for dealing with our current financial crisis worldwide. An insightful and provocative book that . . . will be a unique and important volume for historians, policymakers, and the general public. -- Claude Ury, San Francisco Book Review

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