A Nation of Victims
The Decay of the American Character
Author: Charles J. Sykes
One of the most talked-about books in years, A Nation of Victims established Charles Sykes as a persuasive, witty, and controversial commentator on American life and society. The plaint of the victim-- It's not my fault-- has become the loudest and most influential voice in America, an instrument of personal and lasting political change.
* Fired for consistently showing up late for work, a former school district employee sues, claiming he is a victim of "chronic lateness syndrome."
* Videotaped puffing on a pipe filled with crack cocaine, Washington, D.C., Mayor Marion Barry claims he is a victim of racism.
* In 1960, fewer than 100,000 lawsuits were filed in federal courts; in 1990, more than 250,000 were filed.
In this incisive, pugnacious, frequently hilarious book, Charles Sykes examines the erosion of our society and offers hope in the prospect of a culture of renewed character.
St. Martin's Griffin
In The News
“Mr. Sykes sees the root of the problem...in this witty, wise book.” —The Wall Street Journal
“Mr. Sykes looks at today's America and finds a nation of people more concerned with justifying their behavior than with finding real solutions to the problems.” —Peter Jennings, ABC Radio
“It's hard to disagree with Sykes...Sykes makes his case quite well.” —Los Angeles Times