In Thought and Action: The Enigmatic Life of S. I. Hayakawa and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Qty:1
  • List Price: $26.95
  • Save: $4.73 (18%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 2 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Used: Good | Details
Sold by AZ-Emporium
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: *COMPARE FEEDBACK!* GOOD CONDITION BOOK WITH MODERATE WEAR. NOT EX LIBRARY. BOOK HAS WRITING, HIGHLIGHTING, AND OR UNDERLINING. I AM AN INDEPENDENT BOOK SELLER WHO TAKES THE TIME TO RESPONSIBLY MANAGE EACH ORDER.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

In Thought and Action: The Enigmatic Life of S. I. Hayakawa Paperback – November 1, 2011


See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$22.22
$10.00 $0.24


Frequently Bought Together

In Thought and Action: The Enigmatic Life of S. I. Hayakawa + Language in Thought and Action: Fifth Edition + Choose the Right Word: Second Edition
Price for all three: $53.22

Buy the selected items together

Customers Who Viewed This Item Also Viewed

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Choose Your Own Autobiography
Step right into Neil Patrick Harris's shoes in an exciting, interactive autobiography that places the reader squarely in the driver's seat. Learn more

Product Details

  • Paperback: 472 pages
  • Publisher: Bison Books (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803237642
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803237643
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #505,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

"Haslam (with his own wife as partner) was a good choice for biographer. . . . [An] absorbing study of a surprising, multifaceted life."—Kirkus
(Kirkus 2011-10-15)

"Always a pioneer, Hayakawa showed consistent fearlessness in adopting an American identity despite racism, in marrying across the color line, in pursuing general semantics, and in opposing young rebels. This excellent biography uses copious papers and numerous interviews to emphasize Hayakawa's individuality and complexity. . . . Discussing both Hayakawa's virtues and his defects, the book is thorough, readable, and sympathetic."—W. J. Rorabaugh, Journal of American History
(W. J. Rorabaugh Journal of American History)

"This intimate and detailed biography draws on interviews with friends and family members, as well as Hayakawa's own papers and journals, to bring this controversial and fascinating figure to life."—Rafu Shimpo
(Rafu Shimpo 2012-01-27)

"Haslam and his wife, Janice, have done a brilliant job in this timely biography."—Jud Snyder, Community Voice
(Jud Snyder Community Voice 2012-06-29)

"An ingenious portrait."—Greg Robinson, Nichi Rei
(Greg Robinson Nichi Rei 2012-07-25)

In Thought and Action: The Enigmatic Life of S. I. Hayakawa traces the fascinating life of an iconic American writer, teacher, politician, and family man. In the process, authors Gerald W. Haslam and Janice E. Haslam tell us a lot about the culture wars of the 20th century—and of American identity itself. The authors’ many fans will be delighted by this definitive biography, as will students, scholars, and teachers of ethnic studies, California history, and American politics.”—Jonah Raskin, author of American Scream: Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl” and the Making of the Beat Generation
(Jonah Raskin 2011-03-02)

About the Author

Gerald W. Haslam is a professor emeritus of English at Sonoma State University and the author and editor of numerous books, including Workin’ Man Blues: Country Music in California, the novel Straight White Male, and the anthology Many Californias: Literature from the Golden State. Janice E. Haslam is the coauthor, with Gerald W. Haslam, of the fiction collection Manuel and the Madman and An Instructor's Guide to Many Californias.

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
5 star
3
4 star
0
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 3 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jerry L. Gibbons on February 18, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I wanted to read In Thought and Action because I was curious to learn more about S. I. Hayakawa. I live in San Francisco and he was a very high profile personality in the Bay Area throughout the 1960's, `70's and `80's. And, as the book's subtitle points out, Hayakawa was an enigma.

The book did provide lots of insights into Dr. Hayakawa's life and life experiences. Now I better understand this very interesting teacher, senator and man. I was particularly impressed with the depth of the research done by the authors and their non-judgmental and unbiased reporting on his life. This biography even prompted me to order one of Hayakawa's books.

But, equally interesting to me, this book provided a special perspective of that era - the people, the politics and the culture. Admittedly that view is through the life of one man, but that individual's life did span a wide spectrum of our culture and our country during a very important time - a time of great change.

I found the book inspirational and would recommend it to anyone curious about general semantics, our educational system, politics, race relations and our cultural heritage as well as the man, S. I. Hayakawa.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Mullen on January 2, 2012
Format: Paperback
I greatly enjoyed In Thought and Action. This highly readable book provides a portrait of a man who, as the subtitle suggests, was quite an enigma. Politically, a liberal, if not a radical in the 1930's and 1940's, he became a Republican--but not always a conventionally conservative--U.S. Senator in the 1970's and 1980's. A Japanese man who observed discrimination in his early life, he failed to believe that Japanese Americans interned during WWII deserved compensation. Though the authors were friends of Hayakawa, they have gone out of their way to show both the best and the worst of Hayakawa's life. In the author's words, Hiyakawa "was a gifted but flawed man, one who refused to capitulate to racism, or to elitism, to radicalism or to convention, and the sweep of his story is remarkable." If you'd like to get to know the real S.I. Hiyakawa, the man behind the headlines, this is your book.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Charles H. Stade on November 11, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book describes many aspects of Hayakawa the man that were omitted or distorted in the media while he was alive. I knew him personally and had the privilege of several live conversations with him. Of course these conversations were confined to his professional and public activities. Our last few meetings took place after he had been evicted from the organization (ISGS) he founded. He had not heard from any of the current members for over a year. He did not care to discuss the separation but I knew it was for political reasons that I never understood vary well. This book clarified a lot of things about the separation for me. Hayakawa claimed to be applying methods developed by Korzybski but Korzybski never approved of anything Hayakawa did. I was introduced to the author by a mutual friend, a very prominent psychotherapist, who told him I could probably be of assistance with some of the technical details of Korzybski's general semantic system. I assisted the author in the writing of the book and some of my pithy comments were quoted in it. The author treated me as his primary source of technical information about general semantics. Professional psychotherapists who employed Korzybski's methods in their work considered me to be the world's leading authority on the work of Korzybski.
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?