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978-0-375-72535-7 / 0375725350

Status Anxiety

by De Botton, Alain

Publisher:Vintage

Edition:Softcover

Language:English

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Anyone whos ever lost sleep over an unreturned phone call or the neighbors Lexus had better read Alain de Bottons irresistibly clear-headed new book, immediately. For in its pages, a master explicator of our civilization and its discontents turns his attention to the insatiable quest for status, a quest that has less to do with material comfort than with love. To demonstrate his thesis, de Botton ranges through Western history and thought from St. Augustine to Andrew Carnegie and Machiavelli to Anthony Robbins.

Whether its assessing the class-consciousness of Christianity or the convulsions of consumer capitalism, dueling or home-furnishing, Status Anxiety is infallibly entertaining. And when it examines the virtues of informed misanthropy, art appreciation, or walking a lobster on a leash, it is not only wise but helpful.

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