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  • Paperback: 450 pages
  • Publisher: Welcome Rain Publishers (August 7, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566490537
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566490535
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful By David Clouston on March 7, 2004
Format: Hardcover
"The Intelligent Woman's Guide to Socialism and Capitalism" was published in 1927, when George Bernard Shaw was at the very pinnacle of his success as a playwright. (He had been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature for "St Joan" two years earlier.)
It purported to be a political primer for the "intelligent woman" who knew little or nothing of politics. This literary device of addressing an imaginary, ignorant audience allowed Shaw to start from the beginning. Clear your mind of all preconceptions, he said, and let us first look at the facts. What are the conditions under which the mass of mankind lives in the industrialized world? What is "politics"? What is the real meaning of the words "capitalism" and "socialism" and "communism"? What is the present state of society if examined without any of these labels? Why is it like this?
Having cleared the ground, Shaw then addressed that most fundamental of all social questions, the question to which his entire adult life had been devoted. How is the wealth of the world to be divided up?
Shaw was (to put it mildly) a committed socialist. And The Guide pulled no punches in asserting that socialism is the only sane answer to that question. However, he played scrupulously fair in his presentation of the facts. He described with absolute clarity the causes, conditions and present (1927) state of private property, political parties, banking, revolutions, facism, the stock market, credit, the national debt, universal adult suffrage, investment, strikes and poverty.
In short, the primary value of this extraordinary work was its conceptual clarity. Whether or not readers shared Shaw's opinions, merely by reading the book they could not help but greatly - and usefully - increase their understanding of their world.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bishop Baker on January 15, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This timeless book, published originally in 1927, is the solution to rising college tuition fees. For a complete liberal arts education, look no further than this 500 page treatise in economics, political science, history, sociology, ethics; in short all of what constitutes a basic college education. It is all delivered to you with engaging Shavian wit and makes your college experience brief, economical, and utterly painless. For your diploma you can simply print out and post your review of this awesome work on the www for all to see and then mail out copies of your resume with the absolute confidence that you'll ace every job interview with erudition and grace. Shaw purportedly spent 5 years in compiling and organizing this analysis of the society we live in, what has kept it moving along, and how we can live within it to our advantage and even change it for the better. It is an astonishing literary achievement, quite as accessible to intelligent gentlemen as it is to the intelligent ladies to whom it is affectionately addressed. High school grads! Forget about years of loan payments, midnight oil, and eight-o'clocks. Just read this book, and apply for those jobs miles ahead of your plodding and soon-to-be impoverished peers.
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16 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 21, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Absolute genius. Shaw gives a understandable and accurate explantion of socialism and capitalism. It seems particularly revelvant in today's societal struggles with class, race, and politics. A book everyone who is interested in social justice should read.
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