A Guide Through the American Status System
By Paul Fussell
Touchstone Books, Paperback, 9780671792251, 208pp.
Publication Date: October 1, 1992
Based on careful research and told with grace and wit, Paul Fessell shows how everything people within American society do, say, and own reflects their social status. Detailing the lifestyles of each class, from the way they dress and where they live to their education and hobbies, Class is sure to entertain, enlighten, and occasionally enrage readers as they identify their own place in society and see how the other half lives.
Highly amusing....a witty, persnickety, and illuminating book....fussell hits the mark.
The Washington Post
Move over, William Buckley. Stand back, Gore Vidal. And run for cover, Uncle Sam: Paul Fussell, the nation's newest world-class curmudgeon, is taking aim at The American Experiment.
A fine prickly pear of a book....Anyone who reads it will automatically move up a class.
The New York Times Book Review
A shrewd and entertaining commentary on American mores today. Frighteningly acute.