There are few more powerful desires than the wish to be thought of as a success, worthy of dignity and respect. We long for status and dread its opposite. But such aspirations and anxieties are rarely spoken about -- or at least not without sarcasm, embarrassment or condemnation. In STATUS ANXIETY, Alain de Botton asks where our worries about questions of status come from and what, if anything, we can do to reduce them. Looking at how people have coped with these anxieties in the past, and appealing to philosophers, historians, politicians and artists, de Botton brings status anxiety out into the open with a range of unexpected examples and entertaining anecdotes.
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De Botton analyses modern society with great charm, learning and humour. His remedies come as a welcome relief when most books offering solutions to the stresses of life recommend the lotus position ( Daily Mail)
Measured, amused, compassionate . . . de Botton is a surefooted discoverer of the pungent but less well-known quote ( Daily Telegraph)
A purveyor of serious but playful manuals for living ( GQ)
Turned me into a fan, for its range, insight, wit and sheer usefulness ( Daily Express)
Alain de Botton was born in 1969. He is the author of Essays in Love, The Romantic Movement, Kiss and Tell, How Proust Can Change Your Life, The Consolations of Philosophy and The Art of Travel. He lives in London.
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Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 2004. Compact Disc. Book Condition: Brand New. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk0141805420