In a classic indictment of American individualism and isolationism, Philip Slater analyzes the great ills of modern society-violence, competitiveness, inequality, and the national 'addiction' to technology.
"The Pursuit of Loneliness is still worth reading because it honors the mission of sociology not to train a caste of knowers but to contribute to society's knowledge of itself." – from the introduction by Todd Gitlin
"If I had to select a single book by which to tell a stranger what life in this country has become and why, it would be this one." – Edgar Z. Friedenberg in The New York Review of Books
"A brilliant, sweeping and revelant critique ... An insightful, well-written, and thought-provoking book that illumines each of the many aspects of American culture that it touches." – Kenneth Keniston in The New York Times