The Decadent Society: How We Became the Victims of Our Own Success (Hardback)
  • The Decadent Society: How We Became the Victims of Our Own Success (Hardback)
zoom

The Decadent Society: How We Became the Victims of Our Own Success (Hardback)

(author)
£20.00
Hardback 272 Pages
Published: 14/05/2020
Notify me when available

Stay one step ahead and let us notify you when this item is next available to order.

 A powerful portrait of how our turbulent age is defined by dark forces seemingly beyond our control from the New York Times columnist and bestselling author of Bad Religion.

The Decadent Society explains what happens when a rich and powerful society ceases advancing—how the combination of wealth and technological proficiency with economic stagnation, political stalemates, cultural exhaustion, and demographic decline creates a strange kind of “sustainable decadence,” a civilizational malaise that could endure for longer than we think.
    Ranging from the chaos of Trump-era Washington to the gridlock of the European Union; from our empty cradles to our lonely pathways through middle and old age; from the lost promise of the Space Age and early internet to today’s earthbound surveillance state; from the recycling of Baby Boomer pop culture to the Brave New World we’re making with drugs and virtual reality escapes, Douthat provides an enlightening diagnosis of the modern condition – how we got here, how long our malaise might last, and how, whether in renaissance or catastrophe, our decadence might ultimately end.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 9781476785240
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 422 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

“Clever and stimulating . . . Informative and well balanced . . . [An] intriguing theological-political idea.” —Mark Lilla, The New York Times Book Review

“Well-timed . . . This is a young man’s book. Douthat can see our sclerotic institutions clearly because his vision is not distorted by out-of-date memories from a more functional era. . . . Charming and persuasive." —Peter Thiel for First Things

“A scintillating diagnosis of social dysfunctions . . . His analysis is full of shrewd insights couched in elegant, biting prose. . . . The result is a trenchant and stimulating take on latter-day discontents.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Ross Douthat is the rare pundit who has managed to keep his head through the ideological turbulence of recent times — and his new book grows out of his characteristic equanimity and good sense.” —Damon Linker, The Week

“Douthat’s best book yet, a work of deep cultural analysis, elegantly written and offering provocative thoughts on almost every page. It’s hard to think of a current book that is as insightful about the way we live now as is this one.” —Rod Dreher, The American Conservative

“It is a testament to [Douthat's] singular skill and wisdom, then, that he has written so thoughtful and compelling a book that bemoans the end of progress. The Decadent Society is Douthat at his best—clever, considered, counterintuitive, and shot through with insight about modern America.” —The Washington Free Beacon

"Ambitious and entertaining." —Financial Times

"A convincing argument." —The National Review

"A substantial book by one of the more serious people in American public life today, The Decadent Society deserves a wide readership." —The New Atlantis

Praise for To Change the Church: "High-minded cultural criticism, concise, rhetorically agile, lit up by Douthat's love for the Roman Catholic Church . . . An adroit, perceptive, gripping account . . . It's strong stuff, conversationally lively and expressive." —The New York Times Book Review

"Erudite and thought-provoking . . . Weaves a gripping account of Vatican politics into a broader history of Catholic intellectual life to explain the civil war within the church . . . Douthat manages in a slim volume what most doorstop-size, more academic church histories fail to achieve: He brings alive the Catholic 'thread that runs backward through time and culture, linking the experiences of believers across two thousand years.' He helps us see that Christians have wrestled repeatedly with the same questions over the past two millennia." —The Washington Post

“Absorbing.” —Booklist

You may also be interested in...

Republic
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
Leviathan
Added to basket
£11.99
Paperback
The Clash Of Civilizations
Added to basket
On Politics
Added to basket
£18.99
Paperback
The Conquest of Bread
Added to basket
The Prince
Added to basket
£7.99
Paperback
The Prince
Added to basket
£7.99
Paperback
The Politics Book
Added to basket
DK
£19.99
Hardback
The Politics
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
The Prince
Added to basket
£14.99
Hardback
The Social Contract
Added to basket
On Liberty
Added to basket
£7.99
Paperback
The Captive Mind
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
Utopia
Added to basket
£7.99
Paperback
Utopia
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.

env: aptum
branch: