The Culture of Narcissism

American Life in An Age of Diminishing Expectations


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The classic The New York Times bestseller, with a new introduction from much-lauded The Washington Post columnist 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 ground-breaking. 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.


“Lasch took in a remarkable range of contemporary experience, making many observations that, if anything, ring more true today.” — Lee Siegel, The New York Times

“Morbidly clever, brilliantly on target, idiosyncratically compelling.” — Alan Wolfe, The New Republic

“A bestseller in 1979, this outstanding analysis is enjoying a resurgence, being reissued with a new introduction by EJ Dionne Jr, who praises Lasch’s “intellectually rebellious spirit”.” — The Herald

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