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It is a tribute to the peculiar horror of contemporary life that it makes the worst features of earlier times -- the stupefaction of the masses, the obsessed and driven lives of the bourgeoisie -- seem attractive by comparison.

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Christopher Lasch (June 1, 1932, Omaha, Nebraska - February 14, 1994, Pittsford, New York) a well-known American historian and social critic. He studied at Harvard and Columbia and was a professor of history at the University of Rochester since 1970.

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