How Mumbo-Jumbo Conquered the World
A Short History of Modern Delusions
By (author) Francis Wheen
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How Mumbo-Jumbo Conquered the World by Francis Wheen
Book DescriptionIn 1979 two events occurred that would shape the next twenty-five years. In America and Britain, an era of weary consensus was displaced by the arrival of a political marriage of fiery idealists: Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher transformed politics with a combination of breezy charm and assertive "Victorian values." In Iran, the fundamentalist cleric Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini set out to restore a regime that had last existed almost 1,300 years ago. Between them they succeeded in bringing the twentieth century to a premature close. By 1989, Francis Fukuyama was declaring that we had now reached the End of History. What colonized the space recently vacated by notions of history, progress and reason? Cults, quackery, gurus, irrational panics, moral confusion and an epidemic of idiocy, the proof of which was to be found in every state, every work-place, and every library. In Idiot Proof, columnist Francis Wheen brilliantly evokes the key personalities of the post-political era--including Princess Diana and Deepak Chopra, Osama bin Laden and Nancy Reagan's astrologer--while lamenting the extraordinary rise in superstition, relativism and emotional hysteria over the past quarter of a century. In turn comic, indignant, outraged and just plain baffled by the idiocy of it all, Idiot Proof is a masterful depiction of the daftness of our times and a plea that we might just think a little more and believe a little less.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781586483487
(210mm x 140mm x 23mm)
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 15-Jun-2005
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Francis Wheen
Strange Days Indeed, Paperback (April 2010)
'If the 1960s were a wild weekend and the 1980s a hectic day at the office, the 1970s were a long Sunday evening in winter, with cold leftovers for supper and a power cut expected at any moment.' A jaw-droppingly brilliant account of how the seventies was defined by mass paranoia told with Francis Wheen's wonderfully acute sense of the absurd.
Marx's Das Kapital, Paperback / softback (November 2008)
In vivid detail, Wheens captivating, accessible book shows that, far from being a dry economic treatise, "Das Kapital" is like a vast Gothic novel whose heroes are enslaved by the monster they created: capitalism.
Dispatches for the 'New York Tribune', Paperback (March 2007)
Karl Marx (1818-1883) is arguably the most famous political philosopher of all time, but he was also one of the great foreign correspondents of the nineteenth century. During his eleven years writing for the "New York Tribune", Marx tackled an abundance of topics, from issues of class and the state to world affairs.
Modern Utopia, Paperback (March 2005)» View all books by Francis Wheen
While walking in the Swiss Alps, two English travellers fall into a space-warp, and suddenly find themselves in another world.
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Author Biography - Francis Wheen
Francis Wheen is deputy editor of Private Eye, the editor of Lord Gnome's Literary Companion, the author of Karl Marx: A Life and a columnist in the London Guardian. He has been a contributor to Vanity Fair, The Nation, The New Yorker, the Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Post. He has appeared on Booknotes on C-SPAN and on National Public Radio.
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