Comments on this book include: "...new look at the fallacies of the modern world ... explains how false reasoning leads to ... horrors like the arms trade"; "a passionate and personal tour of the follies of our age"; "a wise, civilised, and deeply democratic book"; and "a hand grenade disguised as a book" - all suggestive of a wide-ranging and very compelling volume about the world we thought we knew.
John Ralston Saul (b. 1947) is an award-winning Canadian philosopher, novelist and essayist, and a long-term champion of freedom of expression. As an essayist, Saul is particularly known for his commentaries on the nature of individualism, citizenship and the public good; the failures of manager-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. His work is considered thought-provoking and ahead of its time, leading him to be declared a "prophet" by the New York Times and to be included in Utne Reader's list of the world's 100 leading thinkers and visionaries.
The book is in very good condition, with an excellent unclipped D/W (just one small [1 cm] tear at the top of the spine). Bound in black cloth, with gilt title etc on the spine, it shows minimal signs of wear or use, though the pages are generally lightly tanned throughout. The decorative endpapers are a feature. The binding is firm, and the text clear and bright throughout. The author's signature appears on the title page. A very nice copy of an important text.