William McPherson





William McPherson


Born
March 16, 1933

Died
March 28, 2017

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William McPherson was an American writer and journalist.


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Average rating: 3.64 · 200 ratings · 39 reviews · 3 distinct works · Similar authors
Testing the Current

3.64 avg rating — 187 ratings — published 1984 — 9 editions
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To The Sargasso Sea

3.40 avg rating — 10 ratings — published 1987 — 2 editions
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Falling

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Granta 33: What Went Wrong?

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3.82 avg rating — 11 ratings — published 1991 — 3 editions
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“Books give us pleasure not because they make us comfortable, though some good ones may, but because they entertain us, they make us laugh, they make us cry; they inform, persuade, disturb, convince, seduce us; they make us think, speculate, see - and we recognize what we see as true, not as the truth but as a truth in the writer's fabulous construction that corresponds to what we have observed in ourselves, or others, or in the world at large, or can conceive of observing.”
William McPherson

“The rich are all alike, to revise Tolstoy’s famous words, but the poor are poor in their own particular ways.

Any reasonably intelligent reader could blow that generalization apart in the time it takes to write it. But as with most generalizations, a truth lies behind it. Ultimately, what binds the rich together is that they have more money, lots more. For one reason or another, the poor don’t have enough of it. But poverty doesn’t bind the poor together as much as wealth and the need to protect it bind the rich. If it did, we would hear the rattle of tumbrels in the streets. One hears mutterings, but the chains have not yet been shed.”
William McPherson

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