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Status Anxiety by Alain De Botton (Paperback, 2004)

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Status Anxiety by Alain De Botton

Internationally heralded author, Alain De Botton, turns his attention to the insatiable human quest for status—a quest that has less to do with material comfort than love.

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 explores the notion that our pursuit of status is actually a pursuit of love, ranging 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.


Format: Paperback | 320 pages

Dimensions (cm): 20.8 x 13.5 x 2.4 | 568g

Publication Date: 2004

Publisher: Penguin Books Australia

Imprint: Hamish Hamilton

Publication City/Country: Camberwell, Vic, Australia

Language: English

Illustrations note: illustrations

Edition Number: 1

ISBN10: 0241142393

ISBN13: 9780241142394


Condition: Good

A vintage book that has been read but is in good condition. Some minor damage to the cover including minor scuff marks along the edges, but no holes or tears. The majority of pages are undamaged with minimal creasing but no tearing. No pencil underlining of text, no highlighting of text, no writing in margins. No missing pages.