So, I had to read this book for a class and was pleasantly surprised, so why not review it?
Peter Callero wrote the book, The Myth of Individualism: How Social Forces Shape Our Lives, to show what individualism really is and how it can impact a person’s behavior. I chose this book because it looked like a fairly, simple read and I thought I knew what it was all about. I had never heard of individualism being a specific “lifestyle choice” (for lack of better terms). I thought it was simply how we represent ourselves in life. How each person is different and no individual is the same. The part of the title, How Social Forces Shape Our Lives, was just how we adapt to those around us to fit in more or feel more accepted. At least, that’s what I thought when I first chose this book.
I often go into my books blind because I feel like it adds to the suspense and angst of my readings. This book was no different, I saw the title, knew it was in the category I needed, was approved and I dove in head first. I am glad I chose to do it that way because it surprised me instantly and hooked my attention to something I thought would be a boring read. Kudos to Callero on that.
Peter L. Callero hit the nail on the head with this book. He very thoroughly goes through individualism and the many aspects involved. He gives great stories and examples to really get your mind to focus on the point he is making. While entertaining, this book is loaded with information and can be read with ease. I would easily recommend this to anyone who wants to delve deeper into sociology or individualism or even if they just want to learn something new. Not only is this book informative, I believe it is applicable to everyday life. It opens your eyes to a new way of thinking and a new way to look at society as well as, everyone. And that is something I think we all need every once and a while.