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Truthful―therefore morally courageous and intellectually rigorous. -- Norman Podhoretz

Dalrymple's vivid writing and often heartbreaking stories rise above his deeply felt social analysis., Publishers Weekly

Brilliant social analysis...a master chronicle of life at the bottom. -- Hilton Kramer

Lucid, unsentimental, and profoundly honest...Dalrymple is one of the great essayists of our age. -- Denis Dutton, Editor, Arts & Letters Daily

This devastating account and analysis of underclass life―and the elite ideas which support it―is a classic for our times. -- Thomas Sowell, Rose and Milton Friedman Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University

It is a truism that ideas have consequences, but a truism is rarely illustrated as implacably as in this book. -- George F. Will, syndicated columnist for The Washington Post

Theodore Dalrymple is the best doctor-writer since William Carlos Williams. -- Peggy Noonan

Mr. Daniels's best essays cast a spell almost from the opening line., New York Sun

A landmark experience is reading Life at the Bottom…, Detroit Free Press

Once in a long while a writer comes along with a vision so powerful that it shakes you. Theodore Dalrymple is that kind of writer. -- Bruce Ramsey, Liberty Press

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Theodore Dalrymple is a physician and psychiatrist who practices in England. He writes a column for the London Spectator, contributes frequently to the Daily Telegraph, and is a contributing editor of the Manhattan Institute's City Journal. His other books include Our Culture, What's Left of It, Mass Listeria, and So Little Done. He lives in Birmingham, England.

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