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The Real Deal,
This review is from: Left in the Dark (Paperback)
This is a marvellous eye-opener. One can only hope that this book will become a word-of-mouth best-seller, because this is a message we all urgently need to hear and learn from.
16 years in the preparation, modestly and carefully written, honest and thoughtful - these are unusual qualities in public life these days. And more than that, Tony Wright has done something wonderful - come up with a perception that makes sense of the chaos of our behaviours and our theories about ourselves.
A good hypothesis ("theory") has the capacity to explain many disparate facts, and suggest ways forward, and this book has that in spadefuls. Wright has also managed not to fall into either an over-analytic, or "new age" mode. He also wisely does not go any further in his conclusions than the facts will support him and is clear where he is speculating and where he is not.
This should make the book accessable and acceptable to any audience, except perhaps a very skeptical reader requring a fully referenced academic tome (not many of those looking here I'd guess). Nevertheless there is a very full bibliography (reassuringly full of original papers rather than just books).
If Wright's ideas are taken up and used in reasearch, and in public and personal life as they deserve, I think there might be much satisfaction from being able to say in 20 years time - "yes I read that book when it first came out ..."