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Words and Values: Some Leading Words and Where They Lead Us

ISBN-13: 978-0761831020
ISBN-10: 0761831029
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A brilliant and desperately needed book. (The New York Times)

A marvel. (Baltimore Sun)

A valentine for word lovers, this informed and witty study of language...explains why and how words can lead us astray in every aspect of life from affairs of the heart to affairs of state. (Los Angeles Times)

Rosenthal offers reasoned arguments in support of her…opinions and does much to open our eyes to the sea of cant in which we swim. (The Boston Globe)

The book is original and stimulating, contains informative notes, and is recommended for all academic libraries. (CHOICE)

By tracing how the meanings of familiar words such as 'self,' 'potential,' and 'values' have changed, Peggy Rosenthal illuminates the dramatic cultural transformation that has occurred over the last half-century and offers insights into the social problems that have accompanied it. The result is a uniquely rewarding reading experience not only for social historians and students of language, but for all who seek to understand contemporary life and times. (Vincent Ryan Ruggiero, author of Making Your Mind Matter)

Semantics with a sting…A deft performance. (Kirkus Reviews)

About the Author

Peggy Rosenthal, independent scholar, has a doctorate in literature and writes widely on popular culture and the language of public discourse. Focusing most recently on how poetic language enriches the human spirit, she offers courses and workshops around the country on poetry as a resource for reflection.
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