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A Short History of Stupid: The decline of reason and why public debate makes us want to scream by [Razer, Helen, Keane, Bernard]
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How did everything get so dumb?

How did we become hostages to idiocy?

What must we do to be freed from a captor whose ransom note simply reads, 'D'oh'?

The deteriorating quality of our public debate and the dwindling of common sense in media, politics and culture can drive you to despair and rage. It certainly drove writers Helen Razer and Bernard Keane to a desperate act: befriending each other for long enough to write a book.

Join forces with these uneasy allies to fight against a world that has lost its reason. Explore what's behind the remorseless spread of idiocy, and why there's just so much damn Stupid around you.

Stupid isn't just ignorance; it's not just laziness. Worse than the absence of thought, Stupid is a virus that drains our productivity and leaves us sick and diminished. And Stupid has a long, complex and terrible past, one we need to understand in order to defeat it.

A Short History of Stupid traces the origins of this maddening ill, examining the different ways in which we've been afflicted over the last three thousand years. It damns those who have spread Stupid and celebrates the brave few who resisted. It shows how Stupid tightens the grubby grip of the foolish around our throats.

Hilarious, smart, unpleasant, infuriating and rude, A Short History of Stupid is at once a provocation and a comfort. It will spark debate, soothe the terminally frustrated and outrage the righteously Stupid. It is a book whose Stupid time has come.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1410 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin; Main edition (1 December 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MWHQKFI
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,653 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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Basically shallow and polemic rather than a considered evaluation. Pity as the topic is actually important and the humour of stupidity would have been sharpened by a better attempt to understand rather than the sense that the author considers himself cleverer than all his targets.
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While there are some interesting sections of this book on the whole I found it exceptionally boring and badly written. The authors are unashamedly to the left of politics and this tends to colour their opinions somewhat. The writing, filled with extravagant language and rather abstract references which are rather dull and seem to be there to make them feel good rather than add any useful information to the text. I would not recommended this book to anyone.
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A book about the really stupid and dishonest things that politicians and others say and do and get away with if one is not really listening / reading carefully. It took a bit of effort getting through it but it was worth it. Everyone should read it.
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Meh. Rehashed content delivered by authors that have a high opinion of there own intelligence. The ideas are all over the place which makes it hard to read and follow, made worse by the impression this was how it was intended to be in order to make the work seem more original than it is.

I generally agree with the authors this is just poorly done and I dislike the preachy and elitist nature in which it is delivered.
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