Vance Packard  

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Vance Packard (May 22, 1914December 12, 1996) was an American journalist, social critic, and author of the 1957 The Hidden Persuaders.

Publications

  • 1946 How to Pick a Mate - a guide co-authored with the head of the Penn State marriage counseling service
  • 1950 Animal IQ - a popular paperback on animal intelligence
  • 1957 The Hidden Persuaders - on the advertising industry - the first of a popular series of books on sociology topics (Template:ISBN)
  • 1959 The Status Seekers - describing American social stratification and behavior
  • 1960 The Waste Makers - criticizes planned obsolescence describing the impact of American productivity, especially on the national character
  • 1960 Oh, Happy, Happy, Happy - foreword by Vance Packard, with Charles Saxon
  • 1962 The Pyramid Climbers - describes the changing impact of American enterprise on managers, the structured lives of corporate executives and the conformity they need to advance in the hierarchy
  • 1964 The Naked Society - on the threats to privacy posed by new technologies such as computerized filing, modern surveillance techniques and methods for influencing human behavior
  • 1968 The Sexual Wilderness - on the sexual revolution of the 1960s and changes in male-female relationships
  • 1972 A Nation of Strangers - about the attrition of communal structure through frequent geographical transfers of corporate executives
  • 1977 The People Shapers - on the use of psychological & biological testing and experimentation to manipulate human behavior
  • 1983 Our Endangered Children - discusses growing up in a changing world, warning that American preoccupation with money, power, status, and sex, ignored the needs of future generations
  • 1989 The Ultra Rich: How Much Is Too Much? - examines the lives of thirty American multimillionaires and their extravagances.

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