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How Mumbo-Jumbo conquered the World by Francis Wheen

A sort of 'Brief History of Bullshit' which does for modern politics, economics, and popular culture what Martin Gardner did for pseudosciences in his 'Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science'.  Almost every major Bitish and US figure of the last 25 years is subjected to Wheen's demolition job: Reagan, Thatcher, Blair, Clinton, Bush Snr, Bush Jnr, Al. Gore, Lady Diana, Noam Chomsky, the barons of industry, economists, journalists, post-modernists, etc;  they are all shown up as liars, cheats, self-deceivers and manipulators.  This is really quite an impressive display of Swiftian invective.  However, as when I read 'Fads and Fallacies', I found the whole thing rather depressing.  The ills described are rather overwhelming and it is not until the last chapter, when he gets onto the relationship between the West and Islam that Wheen seems to offer anything positive of his own.

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