- Narrated by: Simon Vance
- Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 06-26-06
- Language: English
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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By Jesse on 02-02-10
A book about one of society's worst diseases
This is a beautifully written and narrated book about how and why much of society is so obsessed with status and why status and material wealth are now widely considered to be the same. I wasn't expecting but welcomed the sociology history lesson(there's quite a bit of it). The author describes himself as secular but I didn't find any notable criticism of religion or Christianity (maybe because I'm secular myself?). Check out the author's 15 minute talk on the TED Talks website for a preview of this book...
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
By Roy on 01-19-11
From the Author of How Proust Can Change Your Life
Alain de Botton offers here a thorough orientation to status anxiety in this volume. The concept is first placed in historical, cultural, and philosophical context. Application to “real world” circumstances follow. This is a well written and thoughtful book. I particularly benefited from his discussion of meritocracy and its emergence in modern society. Listeners interested in the psychological or neurological antecedents of or sources of status anxiety, however, will be disappointed. Listeners looking for insight into how we can improve contemporary life and institutions will be disappointed as well. I was disappointed. Otherwise, the reading of Simon Vance is well done.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful