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  • In this trenchant, and at times heartbreaking, critique of the shame industrial complex, Cathy O'Neil lays bare how shame underpins the deep divides of modern society. But not all shame is bad, O'Neil contends-used correctly it can be a powerful tool to fight injustice

    Nicole Aschoff, author of The New Prophets of Capital
  • Shame has always been a powerful tool used by human societies to enforce social norms-both good and bad. We sometimes like to tell ourselves we are above all that now. But as Cathy O'Neil argues in this fascinating and important new book, contemporary society has in fact weaponized shame, weaving it into the fabric of our polarized culture, encouraging us to 'punch down' on those whose bodies, sexuality, income-level are different than our own. O'Neil's insightful book is a hard look in the mirror, but one that also gives us hope that we can marshal shame into a force for social reform and not just social punishment

    Michael Patrick Lynch, author of Know-it-All Society

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