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Daniel Horowitz, Happier? The History of a Cultural Movement That Aspired to Transform America

New York: Oxford University Press, 2017. 320 Pp. $29.95. ISBN: 978–0190655648
  • David L. Ryan
Book Review

Upon reading historian Daniel Horowitz’s book Happier? I was immediately struck by the highlighted letter i in the title which presumably connotes the tradition of rugged individualism that has always undergirded American life. For although Happier?contains some discussion of happiness traditions in other nations, it is decidedly a book about America. In it Horowitz chronicles the happiness movements from its inception in the second half of the twentieth century through the present day. The question mark in the title (reminiscent of a bumper sticker I recall from the ‘80s) asks, has the movement succeeded? In other words, is our uniquely American approach to happiness the optimal one for individuals and for our nation as a whole? It is a timely question, especially in the modern era, that as a historian Horowitz does not directly address although throughout the book he provides some clues as to where he stands. Where he stands more literally in writing his book, is at the...


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  9. World Happiness Report 2018. New York: Sustainable Development Solutions NetworkGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • David L. Ryan
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  1. 1.Las VegasUSA

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