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The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World 2ed Paperback – 15 Feb 2019

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  • Paperback: 616 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; 2 edition (15 February 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300245920
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300245929
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 4.1 x 21.6 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 816 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A dazzling masterpiece…comprehensive and profound" —Norman Doidge
"A beautifully written, erudite, fascinating and adventurous book"—Professor A.C. Grayling, Literary Review
"One of the few contemporary works deserving classic status."—Nicholas Shakespeare, The Times
"Clear, penetrating, lively, thorough and fascinating. . . I couldn't put it down."— Professor Mary Midgley, Guardian
"A profound examination." —Philip Pullman  
"Persuasively argues that our society is suffering from the consequences of an over-dominant left hemisphere losing touch with its natural regulative 'master' the right.  Brilliant and disturbing."—Salley Vickers, a Guardian 'Best Book of the Year'
"A landmark. . . It tells a story you need to hear, of where we live now"–Bryan Appleyard, Sunday Times
"Iain McGilchrist's ideas about human capabilities are among the most provocative I've encountered – and I mean provocative in a positive sense."—Professor Howard Gardner
"A seminal book"—Professor Ervin László, Huffington Post
"McGilchrist describes broad [intellectual] movements and famous figures as if they were battles and soldiers in a 2,500-year war between the brain's hemispheres. . .A scintillating intelligence is at work."—Economist
"A marvellous and highly original synthesis of ideas on how the division of labour between the two brain hemispheres can provide key insights into human nature."— Professor V.S. Ramachandran
"Unbelievably rich…of absolutely crucial cultural and intellectual importance" – Louis Sass
"A fascinating book. . . [McGilchrist] is a subtle and clever thinker, and unusually qualified to range with such authority over so many different domains of knowledge"—Harry Eyres, Financial Times
"A veritable tour de force, gradually and skilfully revealed. I know of no better exposition of the current state of functional brain neuroscience"–Professor W.F. Bynum, TLS

About the Author

Iain McGilchrist is a former fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, where he taught literature before training in medicine. He now lives on the Isle of Skye, where he continues to write, and lectures worldwide.

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