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Book of Isms: From Abolitionism to Zoroastrianism

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"Isms" help to inform us, educate us and sometimes even amuse us. What would life be like without altrusim or cynicism, dogmatism or optimism? Below are just some of the "isms" explained in this collection of more than 400.
Absolutism Albigensianism Aphorism Atavism Behaviouralism Bolshevism Buddhism Butskellism Calvinism Capitalism Communism Confucianism Dadaism Deontologi
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Hardcover, 244 pages
Published July 26th 2010 by Profile Books(GB) (first published January 1st 2010)
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Gary Patton
The Economist, a world-renowned news magazine, has assembled a helpful little book for us as a quick reference guide. It even includes some close to, but not real "isms", like schism.

It's sorta like a Dictionary but different. It's a interesting read that includes many fascinating facts you won't find in a dictionary.

It often had me muttering to myself: "Who wudda thought?"

For example, in flipping from Taoism, and a great, wu-wei quote by Lao-Tzu, to pacifism, I discovered that Leo Tolstoy, th
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Oct 05, 2013 Borax rated it liked it
This is my latest audiobook for sleeping book....fascinatingly dull! How's that for a backhanded compliment! I like that they picked non ism ism-words (like prism)....but no syllogism?? Come on, book of isms! The political and religious stuff is great.
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Aug 12, 2013 Donna Brown rated it really liked it
Very interesting read. Tongue-in-cheek at times, downright funny at others (see Bushism). Entertaining and informative, but approach it as relaxed reading rather than scholarly guidance!
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