The Culture of Narcissism: American Life in An Age of Diminishing Expectations (Paperback)
The classic New York Times bestseller, with a new introduction by E.J. Dionne Jr.
When The Culture of Narcissism was first published in 1979, Christopher Lasch was hailed as a “biblical prophet” (Time). Lasch’s identification of narcissism as not only an individual ailment but also a burgeoning social epidemic was groundbreaking. His diagnosis of American culture is even more relevant today, predicting the limitless expansion of the anxious and grasping narcissistic self into every part of American life. The Culture of Narcissism offers an astute and urgent analysis of what we need to know in these troubled times.
About the Author
Christopher Lasch (1932–1994), professor of history at the University of Rochester, wrote, among many other works, The True and Only Heaven: Progress and Its Critics and the best-selling Revolt of the Elites and the Betrayal of Democracy.
Morbidly clever, brilliantly on target, idiosyncratically compelling.
— Alan Wolfe - New Republic
Lasch took in a remarkable range of contemporary experience, making many observations that, if anything, ring more true today.
— Lee Siegel - New York Times
Lasch has gone to the heart of our culture. The insights into personality and its social context are stunning.
— Michael Rogin, University of California, Berkeley