Life at the Bottom : The Worldview That Makes the Underclass

Author(s): Theodore Dalrymple


This is a searing account of life in the underclass and why it persists as it does, written by a British psychiatrist who treats the poor in a slum hospital and a prison in England. Dr. Dalrymple's key insight is that long-term poverty is caused not by economics but by a dysfunctional set of values,one that is continually reinforced by an elite culture searching for victims. It draws upon eye-opening, true-life vignettes that are by turns hilariously funny, chillingly horrifying, and all too revealing - sometimes all at once.


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"His gift for storytelling will keep readers turning pages."

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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  • : 9781566635059
  • : Ivan R. Dee Publisher
  • : J. S. Sanders & Company, Incorporated
  • : 0.326
  • : March 2003
  • : 221mm X 147mm X 19mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Theodore Dalrymple
  • : Paperback
  • : 3
  • : English
  • : 305.569
  • : very good
  • : 288
  • : black & white illustrations