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  • By Holly N Martinez
    Feb 12, 2012
    Apparently we are to get a sequel to this prestigious tome shortly. Self published again, naturally, because no self respecting or halfway respecting publisher would go anywhere near the proven fraud, serial liar and clinically ill David Lindsay. This book? Well if you've ever read his blog you'll know what to expect. One "commenter" on his blog described him as a "scholar who someone crossed oceans to meet". That made me laugh. Other reviewerson this site are nearer the mark. HNM
  • By Stephen Alexander
    Sep 7, 2011
    Is there a worse book out there in the marketplace? Seems unlikely as this is the bottom of the market, a self-published vanity work that the author paid for. It's a terrible book even more than you'd expect. The author is a hopeless writer, turgid and functionally illiterate. His ignorance of politics, philosophy, theology and history are so gaping it's a car-crash of a book. Sad really, because Lindsay hasn't got anything else in life. He's now in his mid-30s, uneployed and unemployable whose stupidity is the only exceptional thing abiut hm. He got expelled by one Durham college and faked his CV by pretending to be an academic at another. That got him sacked after 2 weeks as unpaid blogger at the Telegraph. All he's got now is a vanity press and a host of imagimary friends.
  • By Stephen Berger
    Aug 23, 2011
    David Lindsay is famous at Durham for his stupidity which he confirms with this unreadable, illiterate and paranoid volume. You might wonder how an academic could write books like this. The answer is that Lindsay is no academic, that's a fraud.
  • By Richard S
    Aug 23, 2011
    Hard to imagine there will be a worse book published this year, even at this end of the market, the vanity press. Lindsay's blog is well-known for fantasy, paranoia and fraud and this book is even worse. He has no clue how to write a sentence and his lack of education is all too obvious. That must be the reason why he continues with his embarrassingly obvious scam of pretending to be an academic when in fact he is unemployable and his schemes are wittily exposed by Palatinate, the Durham newspaper.
  • By lucy parker
    Aug 22, 2011
    I was surprised at the tenor of some of these reviews, as I have been a lurker on Mr L's blog site for a while. But having scanned the book, I must confess to also being a little disappointed. The prose is typically wooden (something forgiveable on a blog, but surprising on a book which has presumably been professionally edited? Then again self published so maybe not) and the argument a little impenetrable in parts One of the previous reviews notes that the author fancies himself as a bit of a contrarian, and I agree. Again, forgiveable on a one sided blog, but not for a would-be professional book. Sadly underwhelming.
  • By Hannibal Barca
    Aug 19, 2011
    The author of this book imagines that he can trick readers into thinking he has something to say with his willfully obscuritan, sub-Derridean prose. To paraphrase Friedrich Nietzsche's comments on the romantics, "He muddies the waters to make them look deep". The few arguments that this profoundly untalented author is able to articulate betray a strong desire to be weirdly contrarian above all else, which I imagine gives the author a false feeling of significance. Presumably we can expect such forthcoming titles as "Hobbesian arguments for anarchy and disorder" and "Stirnerite reasons for being selfless" from Mr Lindsay's printing press. In summary, avoid this book like you would a screaming naked tramp brandishing a used syringe.
  • By Emma P
    Aug 19, 2011
    It's easy to see why no legitimate publisher would touch this and Lindsay has to self-publish. The quality of writing is so poor you have to ask whether it's a parody of a pompous reactionary who doesn't read books. But no, Lindsay is real and fraudulently pretending to be an academic. How empty a life he has can be told by the absymal quality of the book.
  • By helen palmer
    Aug 19, 2011
    I have come here following a link from Mr Lindsay's blog, and I am confused at the differences between the reviews here and the reviews on said blog. Here, for instance, I see that users who need to register, and who cannot be blocked or edited, write reviews that are thoughtful and sound as if they are written from the heart, yet are fairly dismissive. On Mr Lindsay's blog, where users can write freely under a multiple number of aliases to generate a false level of support (known as astroturfing), where the blog author can post himself under a different name (known as sockpuppeting) and where the blog host can block any comments he doesn't like, the reviews are far more complementary. I am at a loss as to how to explain the difference.
  • By Alan Teale
    Aug 19, 2011
    The tone of many of these reviews is unnecessarily snippy. Please stop knocking the Durham college tutor system. It's true that a college tutor doesn't have a teaching or academic function, but college tutors can at their best fulfil an important pastoral role in the lives of students. While the system is most commonly used to ensure that PhD students are engaged with wider college life it can also, as apparently in David Lindsay's case, give interested adults the opportunity to remain part of the wider Durham University family even when they have no formal academic role and are neither in a programme of study nor employed by the University. In the category "Academic/management staff" which Mr Lindsay mentions the job of college tutor is, of course, wholly on the management side. It is admirable that Mr Lindsay has chosen to help out students in this way even though he has no academic position. Furthermore, if being a tutor has enabled him to play a role in a college SCR, to... More > which he would otherwise have no access, then this is to be praised, not criticised. It is perfectly natural and understandable for people to want to remain involved in their university after their academic career has come to a natural end. There should be no shame attached to it. Mr Lindsay's book should be discussed not on the basis of his academic CV or the fact that he takes pride in doing a junior, non-academic pastoral job at Collingwood College, but on its merits. I have not read it.< Less
  • By simon fraser
    Aug 19, 2011
    This is a disappointing book. Despite a promising title and foreword, Professor (?) Dr (?) Mr (likely, given the other reviews) Lindsay is unable to construct a coherent or cogent argument across the text. The overall grammatical structure is very poor and makes any semblance of an argument difficult to follow. In addition, the author appears to have a far grander opinion of his own views than anyone who manages to wade through the poor grammar is likely to share. An interesting field, but definitely a book to avoid
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Second Edition
David Lindsay
February 20, 2012
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.66 lbs.
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