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Life at the Bottom by Theodore Dalrymple
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Apr 17, 2012

it was amazing

This was simultaneously depressing and fascinating. It's also one of the scarier books I've read; several of the stories were rather alarming. I think Dalrymple, with authority that is hard to question, diagnoses the problematic worldview of the underclass with great clarity. Even better, he marshals decades of experience to make his case instead of relying on unemotional charts and graphs. It's a book with far reaching political implications, but Dalyrmple avoids the temptation to preach politics and focuses largely on the subject at hand. I think this strengthens his case overall.

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