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Saul, John Ralston 1947-

Overview
Works: 174 works in 625 publications in 13 languages and 10,576 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Biography  History  Humor  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Glossaries, vocabularies, etc  Dictionaries  Black humor 
Roles: Author, Narrator, Author of introduction, Editor, Interviewee, Dancer
Classifications: PR6069.A78, 823.914
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Most widely held works by John Ralston Saul
The unconscious civilization by John Ralston Saul( Book )

56 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in 8 languages and held by 1,200 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Saul argues that, "corporate priorities have now become so woven into our social fabric that they threaten the practice of Western democracy."
Voltaire's bastards : the dictatorship of reason in the West by John Ralston Saul( Book )

39 editions published between 1991 and 2014 in English and held by 1,092 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a wide-ranging, provocative anatomy of modern society and its origins, novelist and historian John Ralston Saul explores the reason for our deepening sense of crisis and confusion. Throughout the Western world we talk endlessly of individual freedom, yet Saul shows that there has never before been such pressure for conformity. Our business leaders describe themselves as capitalists, yet most are corporate employees and financial speculators. We are obsessed with competition, yet the single largest item of international trade is a subsidized market in armaments. We call our governments democracies, yet few of us participate in politics. We complain about "invasive government," yet our legal, educational, financial, social, cultural and legislative systems are breaking down. While most observers view these problems separately, Saul demonstrates that they are largely manifestations of our blind faith in the value of reason. Over the last 400 years, our "rational elites" have gradually instituted reforms in every phase of social life. But Saul shows that they have also been responsible for most of the difficulties and violence of the same period. This paradox arises from a simple truth which our elites deny: far from being a moral force, reason is no more than an administrative method. Their denial has helped to turn the modern West into a vast, incomprehensible, directionless machine, run by process-minded experts - "Voltaire's bastards"--Whose cult of scientific management is bereft of both sense and morality. Whether in politics, art, business, the military, entertainment, science, finance, academia or journalism, these experts share the same outlook and methods. The result, Saul maintains, is a civilization of immense technological power whose peoples increasingly dwell in a world of illusion. Already known to millions of readers as the author of novels which portray the overwhelming effects of this power on the modern individual by weaving together international finance, the oil and arms business, guerrilla warfare, drug traffic, and the world of art, here Saul lays aside the mask of fiction to speak in his own voice. Only by withdrawing from our addiction to "solutions," he argues, reclaiming the citizens' right to question and participate in public life, and recovering a common sense capacity for intelligent panic, can we find a way out of our permanent crisis
The collapse of globalism : and the reinvention of the world by John Ralston Saul( Book )

44 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and Chinese and held by 915 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Follows globalization from its promising beginnings in the 1970s through to the increasing deregulation in industry, and into the 1990s, when regional economic collapses and concern for the environment and for the rights of workers led to widespread protest and disillusionment. In the wake of globalism's collapse, nationalism of the best and worst sort, Saul demonstrates, shows signs of making a remarkable, unexpected recovery. -- Book jacket
The birds of prey by John Ralston Saul( Book )

35 editions published between 1977 and 1997 in 6 languages and held by 647 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Een journalist wordt geobsedeerd door een mysterieus vliegtuigongeluk waarbij een hooggeplaatste Franse militair om het leven is gekomen
The next best thing by John Ralston Saul( Book )

39 editions published between 1986 and 2003 in 8 languages and held by 615 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A travers les jungles birmanes, des aventures contemporaines sur le mode des "thrillers."
The paradise eater by John Ralston Saul( Book )

32 editions published between 1988 and 2001 in 6 languages and held by 613 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A black comedy where wicked humor and blind violence clash in modern Bangkok. John Field is a sometime businessman, sometimes journalist who dabbles in the shady import-export markets of Thailand. One more killing would not normally bother Fred, but the deaths of his ex-lover and her husband start a chain of events that drags the unwilling Field into a political nightmare from which there seems no escape
The doubter's companion : a dictionary of aggressive common sense by John Ralston Saul( Book )

15 editions published between 1994 and 2014 in English and held by 404 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A long and distinguished tradition of writers have used the form of a satirical dictionary to undermine the received ideas of their day. Voltaire wrote a sharply humorous "Philosophical Dictionary," while Samuel Johnson's dictionary of the English language was derisive and opinionated. These early dictionaries and encyclopedias were really weapons in a struggle for the soul of civilization between forces of humanistic enlightenment and the forces of orthodoxy and dogmatism. Their authors attacked and exposed the half-truths of their day by showing that it was possible to think differently about the social and political arrangements that everyone took for granted. But as John Ralston Saul argues in this decidedly unorthodox book, modern dictionaries have once again been captured by the forces of orthodoxy'albeit this time a rationalist orthodoxy. Our language has become as predictable, fragmented, and rhetorical as it was in the 18th century, divided as it is by special interest groups into dialects of expertise that are hermetically sealed off and inaccessible to citizens. In The Doubter's Companion, a marvelous subversive contribution to the great 18th century tradition of the humanist dictionary, Saul skewers and discredits the accepted content of common terms like Advertising, Academics, and Air Conditioning (defined as "an efficient means for spreading disease in enclosed public spaces"); Cannibal, Conservative, and Croissant; Dandruff, Death, and Dictionary ("opinions presented as truth in alphabetical order"); and several hundred others, including Biography ("a respectable form of pornography"), Museum ("safe storage for stolen objects"), and Manners ("people are always splendid when they're dead"). There is much in this volume that will stimulate, offend, provoke, perplex, and entertain. But Saul deploys these tactics of guerilla lexicography to advance the more serious purpose of reclaiming public language from the stultifying dialects of modern expertise
On equilibrium : the six qualities of the new humanism by John Ralston Saul( Book )

15 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in English and French and held by 402 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Is sacrificing one's life for a higher goal admirable? How can we actually determine "evil" and "good" in the daily world? These are practical questions which cut to the very heart of what it means to be human. John Ralston Saul, in his matter-of-fact discussion of six basic human qualities -- common sense, ethics, imagination, intuition, memory, and reason -- confronts these concepts in a manner not done since Thomas Paine more than two centuries ago." "In a popular, easy-to-understand style, Saul explains why essential qualities of being human cannot exist in isolation, but both depend on and enrich each other. Balance is key. On Equilibrium is a ground-breaking and persuasive exploration of the human struggle for personal and social balance. Book jacket."--BOOK JACKET
Baraka : a novel by John Ralston Saul( Book )

24 editions published between 1983 and 2007 in 7 languages and held by 367 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bij een belangrijke transactie over olieconcessies in Vietnam is een grote partij door de Amerikanen achtergelaten wapens betrokken die de onderhandelaar tot in Marokko brengt
A fair country : telling truths about Canada by John Ralston Saul( Book )

16 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and French and held by 270 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Saul argues passionately that Canada is a Métis nation heavily influenced and shaped by Aboriginal ideas
Dark diversions : a traveller's tale by John Ralston Saul( Book )

17 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 250 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 'Dark Diversions' acclaimed author John Ralston Saul stages a black comedy of international proportions that takes the reader from New York to Paris to Morocco to Haiti in the 1980's and 1990's. When he's not encountering dictators in Third World hot spots, Saul's narrator moves in privileged circles on both sides of the Atlantic, insinuating himself in to the lives of well-to-do aristocrats. Through his exploits we experience a fascinating world of secret lovers, exiled princesses, death by veganism and religious heresies. The emotional fireworks of these inhabitants of the First World are sharply juxtaposed with the political infighting of the dictators and the corruption, double-dealing and fawning that attend them. But as the narrator becomes further enmeshed in these worlds, his outsider status grows more ambiguous: Is he a documentarian of privileged foibles and fundamental inequity, or an embodiment of the very "dark diversions" he chronicles?
Reflections of a Siamese twin : Canada at the end of the twentieth century by John Ralston Saul( Book )

11 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Reflections of a Siamese TwinInstead, we assert absolute differences between ourselves: we are English or we are French; Natives or Europeans; early immigrants or newly arrived; from the east or from the west. Or we bow to ideologies and deny all differences in the name of nationalism, unity, or equality. In a startling exercise in reorientation, John Ralston Saul makes sense of Canadian myths--real, false, denied--and reconciles them with the reality of today's politics, culture, and economics
The comeback by John Ralston Saul( Book )

10 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and French and held by 160 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Once again, John Ralston Saul presents the story of Canada's past so that we may better understand its present -- and imagine a better future. Historic moments are always uncomfortable, Saul writes in this impassioned argument, calling on all of us to embrace and support the comeback of Aboriginal peoples. This, he says, is the great issue of our time -- the most important missing piece in the building of Canada. The events that began late in 2012 with the Idle No More movement were not just a rough patch in Aboriginal relations with the rest of Canada. What is happening today between Aboriginals and non-Aboriginals is not about guilt or sympathy or failure or romanticization of the past. It is about citizens' rights. It is about rebuilding relationships that were central to the creation of Canada. These relationships are just as important to its continued existence. The centrality of Aboriginal issues and peoples has the potential to open up a more creative way of imagining ourselves and a more honest narrative for Canada. Wide in scope but piercing in detail, The Comeback presents a powerful portrait of modern Aboriginal life in Canada, in contrast with the perceived failings so often portrayed in politics and in media. Saul illustrates his arguments by compiling a remarkable selection of letters, speeches and writings by Aboriginal leaders and thinkers, showcasing the extraordinarily rich, moving and stable indigenous point of view across the centuries. -- Provided by publisher
Louis-Hippolyte LaFontaine and Robert Baldwin by John Ralston Saul( Book )

11 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and French and held by 157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Canada has no better interpreter than prolific writer and thinker John Ralston Saul. Here he argues that Canada did not begin in 1867; indeed, its foundation was laid by two visionary men, Louis-Hippolyte LaFontaine and Robert Baldwin. The two leaders of Lower and Upper Canada, respectively, worked together after the 1841 Union to lead a reformist movement for responsible government run by elected citizens instead of a colonial governor. / But it was during the "Great Ministry" of 1848'51 that the two politicians implemented laws that created a more equitable country. They revamped judicial institutions, created a public education system, made bilingualism official, designed a network of public roads, began a public postal system, and reformed municipal governance. Faced with opposition, and even violence, the two men' polar opposites in temperament'united behind a set of principles and programs that formed modern Canada. Writing with verve and deep conviction, Saul restores these two extraordinary Canadians to rightful prominence
Marshall McLuhan by Douglas Coupland( Book )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Doug Coupland, a celebrated child of McLuhan, portrays and interprets the world-famous communications guru's life and achievements
Do we care? : renewing Canada's commitment to health : proceedings of the First Directions for Canadian Health Care Conference by John Ralston Saul( Book )

6 editions published in 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Canadians know just how much is at stake in the health care debate. Do We Care? offers convincing reasons for renewing Canada's commitment to health care and explores innovative means of turning commitment into action. The challenge, both in theory and in practice, involves many different fields, and demands a broad-based, integrated response. Do We Care? examines the major issues that must now be addressed in order to establish a framework for sound decisions compatible with our society's values. Book jacket."--Jacket
Les bâtards de Voltaire : la dictature de la raison en Occident by John Ralston Saul( Book )

13 editions published between 1993 and 2000 in French and Undetermined and held by 113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essai où l'auteur explique que la croyance aveugle en la valeur et au pouvoir de la raison sont responsables des problèmes que vit notre société occidentale. [SDM]
Joseph Howe & the battle for freedom of speech by John Ralston Saul( Book )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Read this! : why books matter by Karen Zoppa( Book )

2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 94 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reflections by authors, poets, teachers
A dialogue on democracy in Canada by John Ralston Saul( Book )

2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 72 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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The unconscious civilization
Alternative Names
John Ralston Saul Canadees filosoof

John Ralston Saul kanadischer Schriftsteller und Essayist

Ralston Saul, John

Ralston Saul, John 1947-

Saul D. R.

Saul, J. R.

Saul, J. Ralston

Saul, J. Ralston 1947-

Saul, J. Ralston (John Ralston)

Saul, J. Ralston (John Ralston), 1947-

Saul, John

Saul John 1947-....

Saul, John R. 1947-

Saul, John Ralston

Saul, John Ralston 1947-

Саул Д. Р.

Сол, Джон Ролстон

Сол, Джон Ролстон 1947-

جان رالستون سائول نویسنده و فیلسوف کانادایی

جون رالستون سول، 1947-

존 랠스톤 소울

ジョン・ラルストン・ソウル

ソウル, ジョン・ラルストン

ソール, ジョン・R

约翰·拉尔森顿·索罗

約翰撒羅

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Voltaire's bastards : the dictatorship of reason in the WestThe collapse of globalism : and the reinvention of the worldThe birds of preyThe next best thingThe paradise eaterThe doubter's companion : a dictionary of aggressive common senseOn equilibrium : the six qualities of the new humanismA fair country : telling truths about Canada