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Most every American man, woman and child has heard of “the American Dream” – having a beautiful family, a big house, the right job and the opportunity to gain even more if you only work hard enough. This dream, built on 200-plus years of unique geographical and economic conditions, is steadily becoming outdated. Blogger Mark Manson persuasively argues that clinging to the dream despite the reality of life today may prove toxic – both to individuals and to the nation at large. While always politically neutral, getAbstract recommends this article to everyone interested in ideological studies.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How unique geographical, economic and political attributes gave rise to “the American Dream”;
  • What has changed in recent decades to make achieving the dream less possible; and
  • Why continuing belief in the dream has negative consequences.

About the Author

Mark Manson is an author, blogger, entrepreneur and personal development consultant.



“The American Dream” lies at the core of US identity and culture. The dream’s premise – that with enough work anyone from anywhere can succeed in the US – springs from the experience of past generations of Americans. Today, Americans are better educated and more productive than ever before, and yet, ...

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