For Shame: The Loss of Common Decency in American Culture

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Offering examples from around the world of shame in various cultures, an author traces the disappearance of shame in American society, using O. J. Simpson, Jenny Jones, and even the Hollywood creation of Mrs. Doubtfire as examples. 25,000 first printing.

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"For Shame is well worth reading...because the questions he raises are critical in pondering what's required to have a civilized society." --Baltimore Sun

"Hilarious. A briskly entertaining little book." --Detroit Free Press

"[Twitchell] ranks as one of our snazziest culture critics." --The Philadelphia Inquirer

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James B. Twitchell is alumni professor of English at the University of Florida and the author of seven nonfiction books. He lives in Gainesville, Florida.

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