The News: A User's Manual Hardcover – 6 Feb 2014
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"Short and pithy essays drill down beneath the news item to the general absurdity of life and observations of how the media is constantly feeding us information without real context. Interspersed throughout are references to art, literature, and culture and their more enduring messages in contrast to the impression left by the news of a desperate lack of humanity. This is a thought-provoking look at the impact of news on culture and individuals." --Vanessa Bush, "Booklist"
"Known for his wide-ranging curiosity and penchant for philosophical musing, the author of "How Proust Can Change Your Life, Religion for Atheists", and "The Art of Travel" has turned his attention to the news. This branch of the media that incorporates everything from war to celebrities getting pizza is almost omnipresent in our lives, and de Botton here examines how that affects us and how much longer the news can get bigger." --"The Millions", Most Anticipated: The Great 2014 Book Preview
"de Botton examines excerpts of contemporary news, mixing them with philosophical observations about the impact the news has on us, why we rely on it so heavily, and how it impacts the way in which we see the world." --"Huffington Post"
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"A thought-provoking look at the impact of news on culture and individuals." --"Booklist"
"De Botton's utopian project . . . is to challenge our pessimistic assumptions about what news is and imagine how it could be." --"The Guardian"
"Elegantly argued. . . . Moves briskly across the vast landscape of contemporary news." --"San Francisco Chronicle
"Broaches the problems of twenty-first century media outlets with de Botton's signature flourish." --"The New Republic "
A thought-provoking look at the impact of news on culture and individuals. "Booklist"
De Botton s utopian project . . . is to challenge our pessimistic assumptions about what news is and imagine how it could be. "The Guardian"
Elegantly argued. . . . Moves briskly across the vast landscape of contemporary news. "San Francisco Chronicle
Broaches the problems of twenty-first century media outlets with de Botton ssignature flourish. "The New Republic "" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Alain de Botton was born in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1969. He is the author of Essays in Love, The Romantic Movement, Kiss and Tell, How Proust Can Change Your Life, The Consolations of Philosophy, The Art of Travel, Status Anxiety, The Architecture of Happiness, The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work, A Week at the Airport, Religion for Atheists, How to Think More About Sex, Art as Therapy, and The News: A User's Manual. Alain is a bestselling author in 30 countries. He lives in London, where he runs The School of Life and Living Architecture. Alain de Botton's first novel in nearly two decades, The Course of Love, will be published in April 2016.
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The News A User's Manual is not de Botton's best book by a long shot, maybe the problem being that the news isn't a subject that lends itself particularly to philosophical inquiry. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Mr. Robert Marsland
This book is shallow and patronising. It's also very padded out, there's about 100 pages worth of actual text. Not worth buyingPublished 10 months ago by John
Not as cohesive as his other books. Some good points made and it did cause me to think about the news I consume and how I consume it but overall this could have been better.Published 12 months ago by L. Clare-Panton
I had mixed feelings about this book. It's high-minded, well-written, but there is a silly side, too. Read morePublished 13 months ago by nick fraser
Happy to have received a signed copy and just within a few days!Published 15 months ago by brilliantb00ks
It's been a rather long time that I read a book which so utterly surprised me. Alain de Botton's reflections on news are fascinating, really very deep and eloquently expressed. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Marc
Every journalist & would-be journalist should possess a copy of this book.Published 22 months ago by Noel Lynam