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Life at the Bottom: The Worldview That Makes the Underclass Paperback – March 8, 2003
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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)
Top Customer Reviews
It was with these experiences in mind that I read Life at the Bottom.
Mr Dalrymple shows in essay after essay how the choices the underclass in Britain make determines their destiny. There are countless parallels to American life - the rampant gambling that goes on in casinos and in bingo parlors (and those who cannot stop then blame the casino for their problem!Read more ›
Dalrymple cites from his personal experiences of what well-meaning social theories have wrought on those it meant to help. The results are plainly hideous, but at the same time are glossed over behind talk of sensitivity, diversity and tolerance. Each essay is meandering but interesting - there is no filler. The incoherence of multiculturalism is highlighted in 'Reader, she married him-Alas'. The darker side of freedom is portrayed in 'Freedom to Choose'. My personal favorite was 'Tough Love', which shows the fruits of the sexual revolution in mature bloom. The results seem a mixed blessing at best, and not only because of the unwanted children, the abortions and the broken homes. We demand sexual freedom for ourselves but fidelity from others. A recipe for jealousy if ever there was one, and it is noteworthy that jealousy is the most frequent trigger for violence between the sexes. This incoherence is a large cause for the ever-growing surrealism in our society.
In the end, this book shows that our attitudes author our destiny. Dalrymple says what is considered heresy in many circles - that the poor are there because of life choices. But having spent my childhood among the poor, there are many things in Dalrymple's Britain I immediately recognize.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Since it's release date, America has many parallels with the tapestry woven in this recount. 'A warning, not a playbook.' comes to mind. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
Dalrymple makes some cutting and excellent points about the anti-intellectualism, violence and culture of the bottom quartile in British society. Read morePublished 14 days ago by IAK
So you want to understand that systemic poverty isn't about race, it's about dependency and political exploitation, read this compelling study by a thoughtful doctor who has been... Read morePublished 22 days ago by M. Duke
This book makes sense of a mindset and lifestyle that boggled my mind.Published 25 days ago by Randa E. Bell
His treatment of poor people places the causes of poverty at their feet ....Published 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book is a must read. It exposes the false benevolence and the dangerous liberal ideology, which permeates our society. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Eric Rivera
After thorough reads, I tossed 2 of Dalrymple’s books. Now I want a refund.
Dalrymple argues established cliches as though his own insights. Read more