“Very readable ... compelling”—Englewood Review of Books
“Provocative ... well worth the read”—Bernard Lightman, York University
“An altogether admirable study”—Literary Review
“Elegantly written ... an erudite and highly readable contribution to the complex world of nineteenth-century belief”—Victorian Studies
“Fascinating ... fresh and nuanced”—Jude V. Nixon, Salem State University
“Stimulating”—Keith Thomson, author of Before Darwin
“The charm of The Age of Doubt is that it returns us to [an age]
when the absence of God was a new idea”—Chicago Reader
Recent interviews: ABC News, NBC News, MSNBC, BBC News, TIME, the New York Times, and NPR's All Things Considered.
Winner of the Prescrire Prize for Medical Writing (France, 2010).
Translated into French, Spanish, Danish, Korean, Japanese, and Turkish.
“Excellent”—New York Observer
“Splendid, compelling”—The Lancet
“Brilliant”—New Statesman and Society
“Well-researched, controversial”—New York Times Book Review
“Well-written and incendiary”—Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences
“Christopher Lane’s polemical Shyness features the manipulations that promoted social anxiety disorder to a national emergency”—New York Review of Books
“Overall, Lane's scholarly account of this saga ensures that if you're not already concerned about the over-medicalization of our mental lives, you will be”—BBC Focus