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Who was Ragnar Redbeard? The truth is that no-one knows for sure. It is most often claimed that either Jack London (author of The Call of the Wild) or the New Zealand poet and social activist Arthur Desmond authored this work. There is however, no definitive proof that either of these two was Ragnar Redbeard, even though there is unquestionably a similar style between the poetry which appears in Might is Right and other poems published by Desmond. Politically, however, the two men would appear to have been poles removed from the philosophy espoused in Might is Right- although the use of a pseudonym suggests that it might have been deemed too politically incorrect, even then, for either to admit authorship.
This book is, hands down my #1 favorite book in my private library of over 40,000 books. It's the self-help book from Hell, and some have said it as it were written by the devil himself. I'm more inclined to thing Ragnar Redbeard was a pseudonym for Fred Nietzsche, as this book plays into the Nietzsche Superman philosophy in spades. While you're at it, pick up a couple of movies, Sea Wolf (1941)and Cape Fear (1991). Freeze-frame the bookshelves of these two guys. Everybody loves a brilliant psychopath, as long as he's on the other side of the screen.
This book isn't for the weak and narrow minded, then again, if you're interested in reading it, you probably aren't . I did, however, had to take some breaks when Redbeard goes into his racist and chauvinist rants. If not taken literal on those aspects, this book represents, in my opinion, the truth of humanity as it should be and make very valid points on how we have lost our survival instincts letting ourselves be dominated by politics, religion and, in this day an age, by numbing entertainment. It contains what is now on of my favorite quotes "Cursed are the "lambs of god", they shall be bled whiter than snow".
I believe that a person either loves this book, or hates it passionately. I happen to enjoy the authors rants and ravings, and tend to agree with much of it. To anyone who is not familiar with the book and is considering buying it, I would strongly suggest that you research it before you read it. Lots of information available online about it.
this book is blunt and to the point. the message is strong : only the strong survive and the weak perish. the best aspect of the book is that the author presents his/her ideas in a rational manner. everyone ought to read this book.