Author: Charles J. Sykes
Number of Pages: 289
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.