“Taking on the long brewing battle between true democracy and the pervasive ‘ghost’ of patriarchy, this compact book exists in a category of its own. The voices of its authors are accessible, incisive and engaging – the perfect book to launch almost any conversation about our current messy psycho-political times.”
Jill Gentile, author of Feminine Law: Freud, Free Speech, and the Voice of Desire
“Emmanuelle Loyer has produced a meticulously researched, intelligent and sensitive biography worthy of her subject, one of the greatest Francophone intellectuals of the twentieth century. Critical yet generous, her portrait of Claude Lévi-Strauss rings true and comes alive on the page.”
“Happiness is big business – and big politics – these days. But as Cederstrom shows in this sharp and engaging book, its recent history can be disturbing. Combining humor with a much-needed skepticism, he shows that in a world of happiness, not all is smiles.”
Originally intended for publication in 1968, this is a remarkably timely work, resonating with the increasing plurality and diversity of societies today and anticipating many of the themes that would later be developed in Bauman’s now-famous account of ‘liquid modernity’.