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Who's Who in Hell: A Handbook and International Directory for Humanists, Freethinkers, Naturalist, Rationalists and Non-Theists Hardcover – January 1, 2000


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  • Hardcover: 1237 pages
  • Publisher: Barricade Books; First Edition edition (January 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569801584
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569801581
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.6 x 2.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,253,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Smith's enormous reference work aims for the libraries and living rooms of people who don't believe in a personal God, and who care a lot about their disbelief. Despite the raunchy title, Smith, a freelance writer, takes no interest (except coincidentally) in debauchery or evildoing. Instead, he's compiled a biographical dictionary (with subject entries interspersed) of tens of thousands of freethinkers, secular humanists, Unitarian Universalists, Ethical Culture activists and famous folks who hewed to no religious creed. There are the great dead, like George Eliot and David Hume. There are present-day blasphemers and secularist writers, from Woody Allen and Salman Rushdie to philosopher Richard Rorty and novelist Will Self. There are newsmakers who happened to be "non-theists," like New Wave singer Gary Numan, Chinese democracy activist Xiao Xuehui, physicist Leo Szilard, runner Jesse Owens (a UnitarianAfor Smith, this counts). There are figures from the history of "free thought," ethical culture and secular humanism, like Scottish editor William Ross ("Saladin") and Supreme Court plaintiff Vashti McCollum. And there are people who seem to be there just for the heck of it, like atheist, elephant-hunter and WWI casualty Sir Frederick Courteney Selous. Entries range from one sentence to several dense columns; subject entries include "Torture," "Semantics," "Nepalese humanists," "Homosexuality," "Cocaine" and, of course, "Hell." When Sartre wrote that "Hell is other people," he may not have had so many in mind, but if unbelievers get to spend eternity in this varied, illustrious company, a season in Hell might be a treat. (Oct.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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What kind of reference book would have entries for individuals as disparate as Marie Curie, A. A. Milne, the Marquis de Sade, and Joseph Stalin? This peculiar but entertaining and well-researched and documented tome describes itself as "a kaleidoscope of contentious individuals: poets and philosophers, royalty and revolutionaries, secular saints and reprobates, all sharing one thing in common--a desire to think for themselves rather than to follow time-honored strictures or divine commandments." RBB
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It is full of names from recorded history and from every corner of the globe.
E. Laway
You can't help but be fascinated by the exhaustive list of entries and the poignant writing style.
Harley R. Myler
So if you are a serious reader and you like interesting reference books, pick up a copy of this.
Lesley West

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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Wolf Roder on January 6, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is an enormously important reference work for anyone who would like to check if a historical or contemporary figure was or is a religious believer. Most standard encyclopedias will provide whole biographies of important persons, but obscure the fact they had grave doubts about God. Many of the fathers of the American Revolution were not Christians, but deists who accepted only the existence of a prime mover not Jesus. This does not prevent foolish, uninformed believers from claiming this country was founded as a "Christian" nation.
Smith will be criticized for many of his difficult choices and assertions. The book distinguishes between major entries, real unbelievers; minor entries of persons who only wrote something related to unbelief, and peripheral entries. To assess a person's belief is always difficult. Our concepts of religion and faith are arbitrary. Different convictions may be expressed in various writings, and belief may change over time. In addition, many persons had reason to obscure their doubts or pretend to a faith they did not share. For this reason, very few modern American politicians will be found in Hell.
Readers will find some good humor, many Nobel laureates in science, literature, and peace, as well as most important philosophers and a few statesmen in Hell. Mark Twain had it truly right when he suggested we go to "Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company." No religious or secular library should be without this book.
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72 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Innaiah Narisetti on July 18, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Mark Twain`s famous view"Heaven for the climate, andHell for the company!" was endoresed by the author Warren Allen smith. He ridiculed the invention of theologians term "hell" and countered the successful preaching about the unbelievers since centuries. The Author gave cryptic but accurate information starting from ancient period till beginning of 21century,covering entire globe. Along with 50 Noble prize winners, this book gave brief references about recent controversial writers like Salmon Rushdie, Taslima Nasreen. To mention few more: Democritus, Epicurus, Lucretius, Protagoras, Erasmus, Diderot, Voltaire, John Dewey, sir Arthur Clarke, Richard Dawkins, Paul Kurtz, Marlon Brando,Noam Chomsky, Bertrand Russell, Katharine Hepburn, M.N.Roy,James Randi, A.J.Aiyer, David Hume,Gore Vidal. This directory makes a case not only for respectability but also for the positive and creative outlook of humanists who have gone unnoticed hitherto.This information is first of its kind.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Lesley West on June 20, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is a really unusual book which is entertaining enough to pick up and read from cover to cover. However I think its real value is that it is an interesting and detailed reference book.
Have you ever read a horror novel that makes reference to some obscure demon up from the pits of Hell? This book will tell you all about it. Or some historical romance which makes reference to someone who spoke out against the church? Again, you'll find them here. As well as all manner of people who have spoken out against all manner of things throughout history and from all faiths and view points.
It was the title that made me pick it up in the first place, and I think the suggestion is that these are people/things who would populate the under-world. Rather tongue in cheek I think, but eye catching just the same.
So if you are a serious reader and you like interesting reference books, pick up a copy of this. You may surprise yourself at how often you look at it - it is full of fascinating things!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By dennis middlebrooks on March 5, 2001
Format: Hardcover
this impressive tome is truly a labor of love, as it is the product of 50 years of painstaking research. the reader can turn at random to any given page and be both entertained and enlightened! in addition to listing thousands of freethinkers, past and present, replete with anecdotes and quotes, the author provides useful information on various topics such as freethought, religion, philosophy, science and sexuality. this book clearly demonstrates the enormous contribution freethinkers of all stripes have made to humanity throughout the ages! it belongs on the bookshelf of every literate person in america!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Harley R. Myler on September 21, 2000
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Warren Allen Smith's "Who's Who in Hell" is an incredible work that is sure to please the most jaded agnostic or "get God off the currency" atheist. An astonishing compendium of many years of research and personal experience, Smith has produced a classic that should be placed in every reference section of every library. You can't help but be fascinated by the exhaustive list of entries and the poignant writing style. Many priests, pastors, ministers, shaman and popes will be hiding in the closet with this book.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Allen Ross on February 24, 2002
Format: Hardcover
FREE INQUIRY reviewed the book negatively in an unsigned critique that purposely contained falsities. The Council for Secular Humanism's officials need to out the culprit or culprits, for the magazine now strikes me as a commercial adjunct of Prometheus Books. Otherwise, it will lose to THE HUMANIST, which for some reason has not reviewed the book. International humanist groups have far more maturity about such matters.
WHO'S WHO IN HELL uses an umbrella approach, listing from A to Z subjects of particular interest to freethinkers and including an incredible list of over 10,000 actual people from Ancient Greece to Erasmus to Voltaire to Tom Paine to the present--Christopher Reeve, Kate Hepburn, Bjork, Kurt Vonnegut Jr., etc. Freethinkers, in short, come off as being far more important than publish-or-perish professors of philosophy when it comes to influencing the media and people around the world. I put this 6-pound, 1,200+page book next to my COLUMBIA ENCYCLOPEDIA.
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