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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
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Who's Who in Hell will make you laugh out loud, make you think, make you amazed at who is a non believer in our big old world of faith.Published on December 25, 2012 by Anthony Boff
This is a thick heavy book, good enough to knock some sense into a Right Winger, Jesus Freak Ignoramus. Read morePublished on March 27, 2007 by E. Laway
FREE INQUIRY reviewed the book negatively in an unsigned critique that purposely contained falsities. Read morePublished on February 24, 2002 by Allen Ross
This book should be in every reference library, private and public, as it is a useful compendium of free thinkers past and present and organizations that support them. Read morePublished on November 12, 2000 by victor lownes
If you've ever written for a freethought publication (Unitarian, rationalist, secular humanist, atheist, agnostic, etc.), you probably are listed in this huge tome! Read morePublished on October 19, 2000