The century after the Civil War improved the American standard of living in ways previously unimaginable. Northwestern Professor Robert J. Gordon in The Rise and Fall of American Growth: The U.S. Standard of Living Since the Civil War (Princeton University Press, 2017) challenges the view that economic growth can or will increase unabated in the near future. Gordon argues that the life-altering scale of inventions between 1870 and 1970 were a one-time phenomenon that will not soon be repeated. Cars, telephones and airplanes changed American life. Yes, we have had technological advances since 1970, but these recent advances have not brought back the extraordinary American prosperity of earlier decades. Economist Paul Krugman comments, “this is a book well worth reading — a magisterial combination of deep technological history, vivid portraits of daily life over the past six generations and careful economic analysis.” Please join us as we read and discuss this stimulating book.