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Up from Bullshit

On Truth by Harry G. Frankfurt

Reviewed by Simon Blackburn
The New Republic Online

"In his prime, and without benefit of a keyboard, Samuel Johnson could write twelve thousand words a day. I doubt that there are many more than half that number in Harry Frankfurt's diminutive book On Bullshit, which was an unexpected best-seller for Princeton University Press last year, shyly peeking out next to the cash registers in bookshops everywhere. Evidently the commercial giant Knopf wanted to get in on the act, and the result is this almost equally tiny book, nicely positioned for a similar success this Christmas, since there is an announced first printing of 200,000 copies. Its appearance and its design make it almost identical to its hot little predecessor: at 101 baby pages, On Truth appears to be fractionally longer, but On Bullshit buttressed itself with as many as nine footnotes and this book contains none...." Read the entire New Republic Online review.

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One Response to "Up from Bullshit"

  1.  
    Jack Bronston November 6th, 2006 at 3:01 pm

    An awfully good example of bullshit, except that it lacks the beguiling quality of most bullshit.

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