A Nation of Victims by Charles J. Sykes
The Decay of the American Character

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in the United States criticizes the ways in which individuals define themselves by their status as victims--of parents, men, the workplace, and so on. By the author of The Hollow Men. 50,000 first printing. $35,000 ad/promo.
 

About Charles J. Sykes

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Charles Sykes is the author of three previous books, "ProfScam, The Hollow Men, "and "A Nation of Victims," A journalist who specializes in educational issues, he has written for and is frequently quoted by newspapers including "The New York Times, USA Today, "and "The Wall Street Journal. "He has appeared on "The Today Show, The Late Late Show with Tom Snyder, "and NPR's "Talk of the Nation "to discuss schooling. A senior fellow at the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute, Sykes lives with his wife and three children in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
 
Published August 15, 1993 by St. Martin's Griffin. 304 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Even those who wholeheartedly agree with radio talk-show host Sykes (50 Rules Kids Won't Learn in School: Real-World Antidotes to Feel-good Education, 2007, etc.) are unlikely to find much food for thought in this warmed-over attack on what he describes as America's “new culture of bailouts and i...

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Sykes particularly scores in criticizing Theodor Adorno's The Authoritarian Personality for labelling traditional conservative beliefs as psychologically diseased, and he discovers hilarious lawsuits that reveal claimants' astonishing chutzpah (e.g., a worker fired for sexual harassment sued his ...

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In a trenchant and tonic analysis of America's loss of backbone, the author of The Hollow Men alleges that we have become a nation of self-proclaimed victims. ``I am not responsible; it's not my fault

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Sykes (A Nation of Victims) argues that hardworking, tax-paying Americans are being turned into the nation’s piggy bank by freeloading “moochers,” both individual and corporate, who have given in to a culture of dependence and free lunch.

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In a trenchant and tonic analysis of America's loss of backbone, the author of The Hollow Men alleges that we have become a nation of self-proclaimed victims.

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Los Angeles Times

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To many people this change represents progress, not decay--and it's a change from which Sykes, ironically, has benefited, in that his dogmatic views continue to be tolerated.

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Sykes makes few other attempts to define "genuine" victimhood, however, for he knows full well--at least I hope he does--that it's impossible to make rational, principled distinctions between "genuine" and "ungenuine" victims.

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Sykes says Andreas "orchestrated decades worth of government favoritism that benefitted his company, beginning with Jimmy Carter and extending through the Bush years.

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