This anthology features the writings of 17 important analysts of American character and culture. From 1945 to the present, this book includes selections by Charles Reich, Christopher Lasch, Philip Slater and many others. There is a general introduction to the subject and each selection is preceded by an introduction and followed by a critical commentary.
Preface -- Introduction -- An Anthropologist Looks at America -- The American Cast of Mind -- From Inner-Direction to Other-Direction -- The Organization Man -- Halloween and the Mass Child -- A Changing American Character? -- American Women and the American Character -- American Individualism in the Twentieth Century -- The M-Factor -- The Pursuit of Loneliness -- The Greening of America -- The Culture of Narcissism -- Searching for Self-Fulfillment -- Individualism and Commitment in American Life -- American Values and Organized Crime: Suckers and Wiseguys -- The Control of Anger -- A Bibliography