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Book Title: The Doubter's Companion: A Dictionary of Aggressive Common Sense|
Date of issue: January 15th 2002
ISBN 13: 9780743236607
The author of the book: John Ralston Saul
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 4.23 MB
Edition: Simon & Schuster
Read full description of the books The Doubter's Companion: A Dictionary of Aggressive Common Sense:This is a damned interesting and amusing book.
It's a dictionary in the same vein as Bierce's The Devil's Dictionary. It ruminates on the meaning of words and phrases rather than sets the meaning in stone. The author makes it very clear that this is his opinion and not The Truth.
Here's an example:
ERROR Error is the result of a particular human strength: the ability to act in an unprogrammed, that is illogical, that is conscious, manner, by thinking and communicating unconventional thoughts. To err is a sign of intelligence.
As you can see, this goes against common thought which regards error as equivalent to stupidity or even evil.
The book slashes at what we believe, questions how in tune with the world we are. Every ideology whether capitalism, Marxism or neo-conservatism is given a brass knuckle's worth of thought. Indeed, thanks to this book and others of Mr. Saul's I discovered how little difference there is between them.
If you want your mind jarred, if you want a fresh perspective, if you just want a good laugh, I highly recommend this book.
Read information about the authorJohn Ralston Saul is a Canadian author, essayist, and President of International PEN. As an essayist, Saul is particularly known for his commentaries on the nature of individualism, citizenship and the public good; the failures of manager-, or more precisely technocrat-, led societies; the confusion between leadership and managerialism; military strategy, in particular irregular warfare; the role of freedom of speech and culture; and his critique of contemporary economic arguments.
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