"Class: A Guide Through the American Status System" by Paul Fussell

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This book purports to be a "guide through the American status system"but it is a guide to the author's prejudices.

The author divides Americans into several classes starting with "Topout-of-sight" going through "bottom out-of-sight." The author speaks ofupper-class as unable to think, middle-class as pretentious, and hisdisdain for the lower-classes is apparent each time he mentions "proles"(his word for the lower-classes). He obviously considers himself "ClassX," which is the only class he likes: they have no class orientation,but make fun of all the other classes.

Some of the information is interesting and recognizable, but most of thebook reflects the author's dissatisfaction with class. He may considerhimself class X, but he's obviously middle-class and obsessed with classdistinctions. Don't bother to read this unless you, too, are amiddle-class pretender to class X.

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