The Culture of Narcissism: American Life in An Age of Diminishing Expectations

The Culture of Narcissism: American Life in An Age of Diminishing Expectations

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.

Title:The Culture of Narcissism: American Life in An Age of Diminishing Expectations
ISBN:9780393356175
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  • Thomas Fortenberry

    I would give this book five stars but there was not enough about me in it....

  • Szplug

    I read this book and thought This is a good book.I read this book and thought I've learned from this book.I read this book and thought Kit Lasch is the bomb.I read this book and thought Man can be as ...

  • Justin Evans

    Lasch, on the evidence of this book, is the American Adorno. He writes in a similar style; each sentence is perfectly formed, but often not so well connected to the preceding and following sentences. ...

  • Bettie

    Description from Robert Reich: In 1979, when 33-year-old Donald Trump was building Trump Tower -- his first big narcissistic project -- sociologist Christopher Lasch published “The Culture of Narcis...

  • Steve Stein

    Now this is fun. Published in 1979, this is a classic "curmudgeon book". Lasch excoriates everything about modern life in an innovative way, combining a conservative respect for traditional life and m...

  • John David

    Christopher Lasch’s “The Culture of Narcissism” was originally published in 1979, and has been a major cynosure of cultural and social criticism ever since. English literary critic Frank Kermode...

  • Murtaza

    I was surprisingly a little underwhelmed by this book, not because its insights and criticisms didn't ring true but rather because they all seemed quite familiar already. This could probably be attrib...

  • Kate Hoffman

    This hyper-technical book about the psychology of the current state of the Selfish Union has been really, really hard for me to get into. But I'm wading along, hopefully learning something about you, ...

  • Jayesh

    Important read for me personally. Forced me to rethink about a lot of my beliefs. Quite surprisingly, despite being originally published in 1979, little of this thoughtful analysis of American culture...

  • Austin Burbridge

    A bore. Reader, pass by! This farrago of ludicrous banalities could have been a good book: interesting, informative, critical. Instead, the author has squandered the opportunity —and the reader's ti...