The Culture of Narcissism: American Life in an Age of Diminishing Expectations

By Christopher Lasch

When The tradition of Narcissism was once first released, it was once transparent that Christopher Lasch had pointed out anything very important: what was once occurring to American society within the wake of the decline of the relatives over the past century.

The publication fast grew to become a bestseller. This version contains a new afterword, "The tradition of Narcissism Revisited."

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