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The Tyranny of Words [Paperback]

Stuart Chase
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  • Paperback: 396 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt Publishers Ltd College Publishers (1 Jan 1966)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0156923947
  • ISBN-13: 978-0156923941
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 13.3 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A study of semantics investigating the problems of human communication and suggesting ways to clarify the meaning of words.

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5.0 out of 5 stars De-bunking the blowhards. 6 May 2011
By Peebles
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If you don't already laugh your socks off every time a politician opens his/her mouth then you will after you read this.Have you ever read the 'great philosophers'or some incomprehensible economic double-talk and thought...'I must be stupid because I don't understand a word of this'.Well the reason why you don't understand it is simply because, as the author points out, it doesn't make sense.Once you restore your faith in your own intelligence you will see the world in a different light.....and laugh out loud at almost everything you hear being passed off as logical,sensible or authoritative.Hard work in some parts but ultimately very rewarding.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It 3 Jan 2012
By amcze
This book is truly inspriational. Not only does it make you think about the language we use, how we take words for granted and how we miss the importance of true meaning in our everyday lives, it also inspires the reader to want to make all their communications clear, concise, concrete and original. I cannot imagine a book more stimulating for a writer in the process of trying to find their 'voice'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Put on your thinking cap. 16 Oct 2003
Anyone who considers himself or herself a thinking person should be familiar with the ideas contained in this book. The question of whether what people say actual means anything is examined in many fields such as economics (left wing and right wing), religion, politics and religion. The ideas are very clearly expressed. The book is also interesting historically as it was written just as Adolph Hitler was coming to power.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading for the Human Species 7 Jun 2013
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This book, in my humble opinion, is essential reading for the human species; if we can learn to use our spoken and written language tools (words) more effectively, we will see a brighter future.

What's so great about this book is that it's not just about semantics for the sake of being academic - this book was written with a bigger purpose. Stuart Chase demonstrates holistic thinking, i.e. how this knowledge of language fits into the wider picture of society and the future of humankind.

Scientific in approach and enjoyable to read, I highly recommend this book to anybody and everybody.

Here's my little speech on the bigger picture:
As far as I can tell, one of the main reasons we're in such a messy society is because of lack of awareness of our own fallibility, and the effects/consequences of our actions i.e. broken thinking (including massive egos, faith, political ideology, etc) getting in the way of seeing what's really happening.
We will only get out of our mess if we humans improve the way we think; i.e. drastically reduce our logical fallacies, cognitive biases and distortions; and improve the way we communicate; i.e. "nonviolently", using evidence, being empathic, and using far less abstract language when action is needed- with clear physical referents.

This book is one of a few key texts to help change the zeitgeist so we can create a global peaceful civilisation :)
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