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    DescriptionThe bestselling author of The Consolation of Philosophy addresses an almost universal anxiety that rarely gets mentioned directly: what others think of us. With the help of philosophers, artists and writers, de Botton examines the origins of status anxiety and reveals ingenious ways of overcoming it.

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    Status Anxiety
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Alain de Botton
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 127 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 249 g
    ISBN 13: 9780375725357
    ISBN 10: 0375725350

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    BISAC V2.8: PSY031000
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    DC22: 305
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    LC classification: HM821 .D43 2005
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    Edition statement
    Illustrations note
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Random House Inc
    Publication date
    10 May 2005
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Alain de Botton is the author of three previous works of fiction and three of nonfiction, including" The Art of Travel," "The Consolations of Philosophy," and "How Proust Can Change Your Life" (all available in paperback from Vintage Books). He lives in London. "From the Hardcover edition."
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    "His richest, funniest, most heartfelt work yet, packed with erudition and brimming with an elegant originality of mind. . . . An informative joy to read." "--The Seattle Times" "A smart and amusing inquiry. . . . Thick with social history and as funny as [it is] acute." "-- The Boston Globe" "A typically de Bottonesque romp. . . . Full of great. . . literary and philosophical references." "--The Christian Science Monitor" "His insights float on a kind light irony. . . like pixilated Barthes. . . . The pleasures of his prose come from following the play of his mind, the vast erudition, the succinct paraphrases, and vivid, often lyrical physical descriptions." "-- Boston Phoenix "
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    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 turns his attention to the insatiable quest for status, a quest that has less to do with material comfort than with love. To demonstrate his thesis, de Botton ranges 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.