- Paperback: 196 pages
- Publisher: Harvest Original; 1 edition (January 1, 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0156482401
- ISBN-13: 978-0156482400
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 109 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Language in Thought and Action: Fifth Edition 1st Edition
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About the Author
Born in Montreal, Robert MacNeil grew up in Halifax, attended Dalhousie University and graduated from Carleton in Ottawa. After early work as a CBC announcer, he was a journalist for forty years with Reuters News Agency, NBC News and the BBC, culminating in twenty years as Executive Editor of the MacNeil-Lehrer NewsHour on PBS. His bestselling novel, Burden of Desire, won rave reviews in Canada and the U.S. He is also the author of two other novels, The Voyage and Breaking News; three memoirs, The Right Place at the Right Time, Wordstruck, and Looking For My Country; and co-author of The Story of English and its sequel, Do You Speak American? He divides his time between New York and Nova Scotia.
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In reading reviews here, I noticed that many miss the earlier editions of this book, feeling that something has been lost in translation in the latest edition. I was curious and wondered if I could ever find an older edition in order to see for myself. It appears that the Kindle version here IS the original text. I'm very happy to have access to it for comparison purposes. And what a price! (I feared that buying a physical copy of a first edition at a used book store might set me back a pretty penny.)
That said, be aware that the books are significantly different. Just alerting any first-time buyer to select with care.
Another note: I love the introduction to the 5th edition by Robert MacNeil (of MacNeil/Leherer fame) but this Amazon listing erroneously gives his biography information as that of the "author". That is confusing to say the least! Dear Amazon: please correct.
To understand this is to live a better "sane" life.
The book hammers home that language is like a map which, if it's good, reflects reality. Propaganda tries to build a map that is self-consistent and appears good, but is really wrong. The author shows the ways bad "maps" are built and how to not fall for one.
The book is worth its price for Chapter 1. This is an attack on the premise that life is a jungle and that we all need to fight each other to survive. The author does a magnificent job of saying that not every animal fights itself to survive and that humans are at our best when we cooperate, for we can do little on our own and even less if we tear each other apart.
I'm giving it four stars, because it was a slow trod to read and I feel that the author erred too much on the side of dryness in order to show the book was not propaganda. Although I understand why he did. That said, it is a good and informative book.
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