Synopses & Reviews
When The Culture of Narcissism was first published, it was clear that Christopher Lasch had identified something important: waht was happening to American society in the wake of the decline of the family over the last century. The book quickly became a bestseller andhadcontinued its success in paperback. It is now reissued in a larger format with a new Afterword. "The Culture of Narcissism Revisited."
"We cannot destroy television, prohibit contraceptives, restore the work ethic, and if we did we should hardly be better off. What Professor Lasch has done - with somber force and occasionally with gloomy wit is to provide us with a black survey of the way we live now, and leave us to use all our resources of theory and skepticism to make the best we can of it." Frank Kermode, Books of the Century, The New York Times, 1979
"Christopher Lasch hasgone to the heart of our culture. The insights into personality and its social context are stunning. this is a courageous, important book." Michael Rogin,University of California, Berkeley
"Formidible intellectual grasp and the kind of moral conviction rarely found in contemporary, value-neutral history and sociology....Lasch is on to something quite real." Time
A larger format second edition of this work of social and cultural criticism concerning the narcissism and self-interest of the "Me Decade", which has a new "Afterword" in which the author comments on the 80s and New Age spirituality.
When was first published, it was clear that Christopher Lasch had identified something important: what was happening to American society in the wake of the decline of the family over the last century.
The book quickly became a bestseller. This edition includes a new afterword, "The Culture of Narcissism Revisited."
About the Author
Christopher Lasch (1932-1994) was also the author of The True and Only Heaven, The Revolt of the Elites and the Betrayal of Democracy, and other books.