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Stylish and Intelligent,
This review is from: Status Anxiety (Hardcover)
A book with a simple enough message, padded with a diverse range of learning. De Botton does indeed seem like he's posturing most of the way, but his arguments are compelling and intelligent. Prudent mix of artwork and quotation along the way made the book very enjoyable to read. Sources somewhat high-brow considering he is arguing for the abolition of status. I rather agree with the previous reviewer that the abolition of status would be giving up our will to live. It seems de Botton failed to consider the most compelling argument FOR status. Hefty price-tag's a slight deterrent to buying this book as well.