Life at the Bottom: The Worldview that Makes the Underclass

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Ivan R. Dee, 2001 - Political Science - 263 pages
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"Life at the Bottom offers a searing account - probably the best yet published - of life in the underclass and why it persists as it does." "Theodore Dalrymple, a British psychiatrist who treats the poor in a slum hospital and a prison in England, has apparently seen it all. Yet in listening to and observing his patients, he is continually astonished by the latest twist of depravity that exceeds even his own considerable experience. He uses a remarkable gift for reportage to recount the behavior of his patients and to analyze its implications in underclass life and for our society as a whole."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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powerful book about the underclass and how too much government involvement hurts way more than it helps

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As long as you go in understand Theodore Dalrymple is like your racist grandfather who is just, "set in his ways," you will greatly enjoy this book. Mr. Dalrymple takes you to hell in this collection ... Read full review


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About the author (2001)

Theodore Dalrymple is a psychiatrist and prison doctor who treats heroin addicts. He writes a column for The Spectator of London, contributes frequently to the Daily Telegraph, and is a contributing editor of the Manhattan Institute's City Journal. He lives in France.

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