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"The Age of Entitlement is a work of history, not a work of sociological analysis. It does not conclude with a list of solutions or proposals. But this is no ordinary work of history. It engages and dazzles the reader in the way the histories of A.J.P. Taylor once did. Caldwell, as those who know his journalism and his 2010 book Reflections on the Revolution in Europe will know, has a marvelous talent for pointing out the unacknowledged contradictions and perversities in the outlooks of both left and right.""
--Commentary

"The Age of Entitlement is an eloquent and bracing book, full of insight."
-- New York Magazine

"A sweeping but insightful examination into every social, political and legal decision, movement and trend that leaves us where we are today in a polarized nation. ... a fascinating read that could ignite 1,000 conversations ... Caldwell's analysis of our Vietnam legacy is particularly masterful but the book brims with brisk evaluations of how a confident nation became an argumentative, fragmented one."
-- The Associated Press

"Caldwell's is a deeper, wider cultural and constitutional narrative of the last half-century. If Klein is trying to explain why polarization fucks everything up, Caldwell is intent on telling us how this state of affairs came to be. Both are well worth reading (though Caldwell's vibrant, mordant prose makes his a more unusual and enjoyable ride). ... Caldwell's account is indispensable -- especially for liberals -- in understanding how those resentments grew until they finally exploded under Barack Obama. ... Caldwell's book is far too nuanced and expansive to cover here. But he identifies key moments and key changes. ..."
-- Andrew Sullivan, New York Magazine

"In all, a deeply felt, highly readable, and dead honest account of America since the 1960s and the terrible wrong turn we took then and continue to follow, disrupting what we used to call the American way, and leading to the increasing alienation of many of our most productive citizens, who believe they may be losing their country."
-- The Washington Times

"The current white leading Democratic candidates should read Caldwell's book to fathom how their own ideologies now boomerang. They might question why they -- and not Cory Booker, Julian Castro, Kamala Harris, Deval Patrick, or Andrew Yang -- are alone on the primary debate stage."
-- National Review

"The Age of Entitlement rudely dismembers the moral pretensions of our ruling class in the tradition of Christopher Lasch. If the trajectory of political correctness leaves you bewildered, here you will learn its institutional logic--the key role it plays in legitimating new structures of inequality. Thanks to Caldwell, we now understand how this regime change happened, and why half the electorate thought it necessary to cast a vote of desperation in 2016."
--Matthew Crawford, New York Times bestselling author of Shop Class as Soulcraft

"Caldwell warrants attention. He is one of the right's most gifted and astute journalists"
-- New York Times Book Review

"In this landmark cultural and political history of the last half-century, Christopher Caldwell brilliantly dissects the new progressive establishment, and shows how the reforms of the sixties gradually devolved into intolerance, self-righteousness, and the antithesis of what had started out as naive idealism. A singular analysis by a masterful chronicler of the sixties dreams that have gone so terribly, but predictably, wrong."
-- Victor Davis Hanson, author of The Case for Trump

"Provocative and well-argued"
-- New York Journal of Books

About the Author

Christopher Caldwell is a contributing editor at the Claremont Review of Books and a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times. He was previously a senior editor at the Weekly Standard and a columnist for the Financial Times. He is the author of The Age of Entitlement: America Since the Sixties and Reflections on the Revolution in Europe: Immigration, Islam and the West.

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