Status Anxiety

Status Anxiety

by Alain de Botton

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 01/01/2004

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Anyone who's ever lost sleep over an unreturned phone call or the neighbor's Lexus had better read Alain de Botton's 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 it's 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.

ISBN:
9780375725357
9780375725357
Category:
Social
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
01-01-2004
Language:
English
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Country of origin:
United States
Dimensions (mm):
201.68x132.08x15.49mm
Weight:
0.29kg
Alain de Botton

Alain de Botton is a writer of essayistic books that have been described as a "philosophy of everyday life." He has written about love, travel, architecture, and literature.

His books have been bestsellers in thirty countries. De Botton also started and helps to run a London- based school called The School of Life, dedicated to a new vision of education.

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