Books: Bestseller Revisited, Jun. 8, 1959

THE STATUS SEEKERS (376 pp.)—Vonce Packard—McKay ($4.50).

On the train to Westport (so goes the story), a junior advertising executive was eagerly reading a book in a plain wrapper. The train hit a New Haven bump, the book fell to the floor, and the title was revealed for all to see: The Status Seekers. By the rules of status seeking, it was a serious goof: no smart social climber wants to be caught showing too much interest in the book, since anyone in secure social status should be above any concern with the restless and near-universal scramble for position that Author Vance...

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