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Paperback, 324 pages
Published June 23rd 2005 by Kessinger Publishing (first published 1947)
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S.Ach
Dec 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is an instructive, amusing and courageous book whose success is most desirable in public interest.
~Albert Einstein


In the foreword, the author writes -

The aim of science is to state what actually is the case. Perhaps half the intellectual labour of mankind now goes in this effort. The other half goes into inventing, fostering, and propagating doctrines which express, not reality, but the interest and advantage of powerful groups. Such doctrines, obviously suspect of bias, constitute a sort of
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Algernon
Mar 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sociology, philosophy
This 1947 work by Barrows Dunham holds up remarkably well in 2010.

Dunham was a trained philosopher who felt a responsibility to use philosophy as an instrument for conversation, as a way to help citizens notice and examine the ideas that help or hinder us. The book wields a pin, with enjoyable wit, and pops a number of social myths that have, all the same, endured long after Mr. Dunham.

Myths about human nature, wealth and poverty, racism, the ethic of selfishness, and many more are explored and
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Siddhartha
Jan 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Philosophy, hard hitting and though provoking, distilled for the layman. . If you picked a random page in the book, you would think you are reading an article in an art magazine...only until you stumble upon a statement that jolts you and wakes you up to the idea being taken up for scrutiny.

And slowly you are drawn in as Dunham dissects the idea and its underpinnings and presents his case for convincing you of its fallibility. It doesn't matter if you agree with his views or not. That should pr
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Chetan
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When a reasoning mind puts pen to paper on certain select topics. This is exactly how it would look like.

A no nonsense rhetoric, palatable to the acquiescenct mind.
Chandrashekar BC
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Man against myth talks about myths men are living with. though it was written decades back most of the points are still relevant. All modern man should read this and maybe to ensure the easy access to its contents " Nation Book Trust" has republished it in low-price edition. The best summary I can give about the book is to list the table of its contents....and let the reader to dwell into it......

1. Introduction: Myths and The Philosophers
2. That You Can’t Change human Nature
3. That the Rich Ar
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Barrows Dunham (October 10, 1905 – November 19, 1995) was an American author and professor of philosophy. Dunham also gained notoriety as a martyr for academic freedom when he was fired from Temple University in 1953 after refusing to “name names” before the House Un-American Activities Committee.

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