Christopher Lasch
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"Christopher (Kit) Lasch" (June 1, 1932 – February 14, 1994) was a well-known American historian, moral philosopher/moralist, and social critic.

Mentored by William Leuchtenburg at Columbia University, Lasch was a professor at the University of Rochester. Lasch sought to use history as a tool to awaken American society to the pervasiveness with which major institutions, public and private, were eroding the competence and independence of families and communities. He strove to create a historically informed social criticism that could teach Americans how to deal with rampant consumerism, proletarianization, and what he famously labeled the 'culture of narcissism.' His books, including The New Radicalism in America (1965), Haven in a Heartless World (1977), The Culture of Narcissism (1979), and The True and Only Heaven (1991), were widely discussed and reviewed. The Culture of Narcissism became a surprise best-seller and won the National Book Award in the List of winners of the National Book Award#Current/category Current Interest (paperback).

[ "National Book Awards – 1980"]. National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2012-03-09.

There was a "Contemporary" or "Current" award category from 1972 to 1980.

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