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New Book: City at the Cusp Takes a Sociological and Cultural Look at the Demise of the American Economy

J. Allison Brown, author of the recently published nonfiction book, City at the Cusp, defines a new class of Americans—the Zenithians—who reside at the height of society. Could it be that the culture in the city at the cusp is in great part responsible for the demise of the American economy? This thorough sociological argument provides insight on a very timely and urgent matter.

Charlotte, NC, August 21, 2009 --( It is a blessing to live at the top of society—but as needs turn to wants and wants into frivolousness, where do we go from here? J. Allison Brown, author of the recently published nonfiction book, City at the Cusp, defines a new class of Americans—the Zenithians—who live at the height of society. She explores their culture in terms of philosophical mindsets and ways of life to reveal a new take on explaining our country’s current financial situation.

Brown’s theory is built upon the idea that humanity has been on an ascending progress curve that heads dramatically upward at first, but as time moves onward and modernity advances us to our present state, there is little higher we can rise. We face the challenge of diminishing marginal returns. Likewise, in our country, we face the pressure of the American Dream, calling each to rise ever higher over the prior generation. These issues spawn a culture with an unsound bedrock for genuine growth.

“We live in a remarkably unique time,” Brown says. “At no other point in history have a vast number of people lived with our abundant, albeit unnoticed, luxury.” This change in the human conditional state alters things tremendously: mentalities change, philosophies change, priorities change and people change.

The author’s thorough look at this sociological issue provides a unique glance at, and possible remedies for, overcoming an incredibly timely and urgent matter. Even should America’s economy swing in a positive direction, the book will remain noteworthy because the city at the cusp remains, its culture remains, and as greater numbers reach a state of plentitude, the current philosophies and mentalities will remain as well.

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About the author: A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, J. Allison Brown graduated from Davidson College and has her MBA from the University of Arizona and her Masters in Communications from the University of Southern California. Brown writes for a variety of magazines and papers in Charlotte, North Carolina although City at the Cusp is the author’s first major work.

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