“An altogether admirable study”—Literary Review

“Very readable ... compelling”—Englewood Review of Books

“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

“Provocative ... well worth the read”—Bernard Lightman, York University

“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

Interviews: ABC News.com, NBC News, MSNBC.

Shyness: How Normal Behavior Became a Sickness

Interviews: BBC News, spiked, TIME, the New York Times, NPR's All Things Considered.

Winner of the Prescrire Prize for Medical Writing (France, 2010) and translated into six languages.

“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

Shyness: How Normal Behavior Became a Sickness