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Satan in the Suburbs Paperback – December 1, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-0851246284 ISBN-10: 0851246281

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 138 pages
  • Publisher: Spokesman Books (December 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0851246281
  • ISBN-13: 978-0851246284
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,643,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970). Philosopher, mathematician, educational and sexual reformer, pacifist, prolific letter writer, author and columnist, Bertrand Russell was one of the most influential and widely known intellectual figures of the twentieth century. In 1950 he was awarded the Noble Prize for Literature in 1950 for his extensive contributions to world literature and for his "rationality and humanity, as a fearless champion of free speech and free thought in the West."

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Luc REYNAERT on August 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
In his typical ironic/sarcastic style, B. Russell wrote a bundle of brilliant and very `serious jokes', while in the meantime venting his in depth views on the world, life and mankind. His views are now more relevant than ever before.

Themes
`Satan in the Suburbs' exposes the evil spirit in (of) the world and `The Corsican Ordeal of Miss X' the destructive dictates of honour. In `The Infra-Rediscope', a secret committee is plotting a complete domination of the world, while `The Guardians of Parnassus' unveils the hypocrisy of the secret sinners and `Benefit of Clergy' clever deceit.

The World, Power
For one of B. Russell's protagonists, `the prince of the world has a malignant mind and a cold destructive intellect. Why is his wickedness so successful? Because in many (human beings) lurks the hope of splendid sin, the wish to dominate and the urge to destroy.'
The power of finance is not the only great power in the modern world, because there are also the press, advertising and science. The newspaper `The Daily Lightning' is one of these great powers, while advertising (manipulation) can `rouse to frenzy the passions of the public' for or against anything.
Those who search for unchallenged superiority don't care if mankind is better or worse off. `Private gains and private power are their sole aims. Lies, deception and terror are their means.' (!)

Life, mankind, hypocrisy
For one of B. Russell's protagonists, it is not only man that is rapacious and cruel. Life itself is cruel, since it can only live by preying upon other life. `Mankind is a mistake. I cannot understand how God can have tolerated so long the baseness of those who boast blasphemously that they have been made in His image.
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