The Status Revolution The Improbable Story of How the Lowbrow Became the Highbrow

The Status Revolution

The Improbable Story of How the Lowbrow Became the Highbrow

Who invented rescue dogs? Why are luxury brands losing their cachet? What’s made F. Scott Fitzgerald’s most famous observations about the rich obsolete? The answers are part of a new revolution that’s radically reorganizing the way we view ourselves and others. More…

“Thompson is an insightful, wry observer of our times, with a cynical eye for the most foolish of human follies.”
— Kirkus Reviews
“A very funny, surprisingly far-reaching attempt to determine what status means.”
— Men’s Journal
“A highly original book that is both eye-opening and hilarious.”
— Joe Queenan, Wall Street Journal columnist and author of Closing Time
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Books by Chuck Thompson

Better Off Without ’Em: A Northern Manifesto for Southern Secession

Better Off Without ’Em: A Northern Manifesto for Southern Secession

To Hellholes and Back: Bribes, Lies, and the Art of Extreme Tourism

To Hellholes and Back: Bribes, Lies, and the Art of Extreme Tourism

Smile When You're Lying Confessions of a Rogue Travel Writer

Smile When You’re Lying Confessions of a Rogue Travel Writer

The 25 Essential World War II Sites European Theater

The 25 Essential World War II Sites
European Theater

The 25 Best World War II Sites Pacific Theater

The 25 Best World War II Sites
Pacific Theater

Featured Reviews

“Hilarious, dirty, and incendiary.”
—Vanity Fair

“Awesomely talented and wickedly funny.”
—Philadelphia Inquirer

“Impassioned, funny and uniquely honest.”
—Esquire

“Viciously funny. Like Matt Taibbi or Bill Maher, Thompson isn’t aiming just to entertain; he wants readers to take his underlying arguments seriously.”
—The Washington Monthly

“Often thoughtful, always irreverent.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“Thompson’s weapons are wit, a well-oiled subversive reflex and a defiantly unbuttoned prose style.”
—The New York Observer

“Reading Thompson is like listening to a buddy who shoots from the hip.”
—Booklist

“Thompson is the equivalent of Joe Satriani or John Coltrane…the literary equivalent of Motorhead…the virtuosity can leave your mouth hanging open.”
—Booklocker.com

Author Chuck Thompson

Chuck Thompson

CHUCK THOMPSON is the author of the widely reviewed political screed Better Off Without ‘Em: A Northern Manifesto for Southern Secession, acclaimed comic travel memoirs Smile When You’re Lying and To Hellholes and Back, and a two-volume World War II survey (The 25 Best World War II Sites: Pacific Theater and The 25 Essential World War II Sites: European Theater), regarded as the most comprehensive catalog of World War II sites in existence. More…

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News & Events

January 2023 brings two big releases!

January 3: Sometimes When We Touch, a three-part documentary on the history of soft rock created, written and executive produced by Chuck, begins streaming on Paramount+.

January 17: Chuck’s new book, The Status Revolution, published by Simon & Schuster

Information about appearances related to both projects will be released here.

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Sometimes When We Touch

The Reign, Ruin and Resurrection of Soft Rock

Three-part documentary created, written and executive produced by Chuck Thompson. Streaming on Paramount+ in 2023.

Sometimes When We Touch: The Reign, Ruin and Resurrection of Soft Rock