Life at the Bottom
March 29, 2005, 11:36 PM
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I suppose many readers are familiar with the writings of Theodore Dalrymple. For one thing, I frequently link to Reader, She Married Him—Alas,  when we discuss forced marriage, or The Barbarians at the Gates of Paris, when discussing the horrifying effects of immigration on France. He's just published a new book, Our Culture, What's Left of It : The Mandarins and the Masses, which I haven't had a chance to read yet, but it provides an excuse for pointing out that you can read the whole of his previous book, Life At The Bottom, The Worldview that Makes the Underclass, on the internet for free.

This is because the book, widely praised when it came out, was a collection his articles in City Journal, and City Journal has all their archives posted on the internet, at no charge. I've arranged them as they're arranged in the table of contents in the actual book. I was originally reluctant to post this, on the theory that it might cost the author money, but I'm told by those who should know that this kind of thing can drive sales up, including, I hope, sales of Dalrymple's new book. So here it is, in all its depressing glory. Enjoy.

Life at the Bottom

Update: Oddly enough, the publisher, who doesn't seem to quite get this Interweb thing, (which is good for sales, sales of Dalrymple on Amazon went up) complained, and so we've removed the linked Table of Contents.

The articles still exist on City Journal, you'll just have to find them yourself.