The Culture of Narcissism

American Life in An Age of Diminishing Expectations

Christopher Lasch (Author)


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.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • October 2018
  • ISBN 978-0-393-35617-5
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 320 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

Endorsements & Reviews

“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

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