Chicago Sun-Times Highly amusing....a witty, persnickety, and illuminating book....fussell hits the mark.
The Washington Post Move over, William Buckley. Stand back, Gore Vidal. And run for cover, Uncle Sam: Paul Fussell, the nation's newest world-class curmudgeon, is taking aim at The American Experiment.
Wilfrid Sheed The Atlantic A fine prickly pear of a book....Anyone who reads it will automatically move up a class.
Alison Lurie The New York Times Book Review A shrewd and entertaining commentary on American mores today. Frighteningly acute.
Paul Fussell, critic, essayist, and cultural commentator, has recently won the H. L. Mencken Award of the Free Press Association. Among his books are The Great War and Modem Memory, which in 1976 won both the National Book Critics Circle Award and the National Book Award; Abroad: British Literary Traveling Between the Wars; Wartime: Understanding and Behavior in the Second World War; and, most recently, BAD or, The Dumbing of America. His essays have been collected in The Boy Scout Handbook and Other Observations and Thank God for the Atom Bomb and Other Essays. He lives in Philadelphia, where he teaches English at the University of Pennsylvania.See all Product Description
For the most part this is a well written, witty and engaging guided tour through the American class system - and all its many accoutrements. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Theo
I agree with both the positive and negative comments addressed in these reviews; it's funny, observant, mean-spirited, and haphazardly written. Read morePublished on Aug. 10 2004 by Daniel Ho
Class is a studied, hilarious, yet tongue-in-cheek dissection of the American social class system. It exposes such fundamentally American (and hence, germane) misconceptions on... Read morePublished on March 14 2004 by Yan Timanovsky
The greatest irony of this admittedly meanspirited but smart little satirical study might seem initially that, in the intervening twenty years since it was published, it has become... Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2004 by Jay Dickson
Fussell himself admitted that this book was possibly too mean-spirited, and his title points out that it really isn't about class but status. Read morePublished on Dec 29 2003 by Drunken Orangetree
Author Paul Fussell swings from contempt to sympathy as he observes the behavior of different classes. Read morePublished on Sept. 7 2003 by southpaw68
Yes. Buy and read this book. Yes, it is over 20 years old, but it remains maddeningly correct, indeed the blueprint for Brooks's Bobos. Read morePublished on Aug. 10 2003 by E. M Massanet
Interesting little book. Its not definitive in any sort of way but it still made me think about thing. Outdated though, quite shame he can't write another. Read morePublished on Aug. 10 2003
The first thing that readers should know about this book is that it should be regarded as a book of humor, not a serious book about class or status in America. Read morePublished on Aug. 7 2003