A fantastic starting place to look at dependent relationships--from interpersonal to international. Memmi, a sociologist and author of The Colonizer and the Colonized looks at the ways dependent relationships enter our lives and how human beings traverse those relations--either in a balanced way or in an almost fanatical way. He takes examples from literature, philosophy, psychology, and political science among others to explain his thesis. I was just flipping through it and found a lot of really great paragraphs underlined. Memmi, though, also has issues with sexism, which in this volume, it seems like he's beginning to realize. He also tends to create the "dependent" party as generally gendered female--which is not always the case and honestly gets old real fast. That was a little disheartening. Those issues aside, this book is an amazing find and one I read through quickly. It's accessible and relatively short. Enjoy!